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The Importance of EMDR in Natick, MA

Rita Vatcher is a certified EMDR therapist and Counselor-in-Training (CIT) for the EMDRIA International Association in Natick, Massachusetts. EMDR is an important research-based treatment for trauma, anxiety, and depression for adults and is also successfully used for children. Rita Vatcher specializes in EMDR techniques used with children, including the FLASH technique, Dissociation, Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Rita offers EMDR in person and through telehealth.


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EMDR Consultation

EMDR Consultation is for licensed mental health professionals who are EMDR trained and who either wish to work towards EMDR Certification or grow in their skills in providing EMDR.

Rita is a Consultant-In-Training (CIT) working under Consultant Nik Johnson (emdrplaytherapy@gmail.com).

You are allowed to have up to 15 of your 20 hours toward certification with a CIT.

Rita is an EMDR CIT specializing in using EMDR with children, adolescents, and adults.

CIT is offered individually or in a group (as available).

  • The Individual rate is $75/hour
  • The Group rate is $25/person for 2 hours

To schedule an appointment with Rita, use the button at the top of the page or email Rita at ritavatcherplaytherapy@gmail.com.


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What is EMDR-based treatment?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method that asks people to think about their memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation, i.e., eye movements, tapping, or sounds from one side of the body to the other. The person experiences a reduction in the disturbance of the emotion associated with the memory. EMDR has proven to be an effective therapy to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, it is now used in over 130 countries to treat millions of people (Shapiro and Forrest, 2016).


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