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In the United States, anxiety disorders are some of the most prevalent forms of mental illnesses. About 18.1% of the adult population, or 40 million American adults over the age of 18, suffer from some form of anxiety, as reported by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Though anxiety is a treatable illness, only 36.9% of those afflicted seek treatment. Thus, it’s important for American adults suffering from anxiety to understand their options for intervention. One such option is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, also known as EMDR.

What is EMDR?

EMDR is a kind of therapy that involves redirecting the distressing emotions and beliefs that come with traumatic memories. The Conversation provides a brief outline of how EMDR works. First, the psychologist interviews the patient about their motives for therapy. They will assess the patient’s memories and mental health history, then walk them through what they can expect from EMDR. Usually, the psychologist will also train their patient on relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises and meditation, helping them navigate the sessions.

The core of EMDR lies in desensitization. Once the patient has identified a traumatic memory they want to navigate, their psychologist will ask them to recall the specific memory while directing their focus on another activity. Usually, the patient will be asked to discuss the memory while watching the psychologist move a finger or pencil back and forth. Having a new activity to focus on forces the patient to engage new parts of their brain. Then, during this process, the patient is also asked to replace the negative beliefs associated with the memory with more positive beliefs.

Why does EMDR work?

Anxiety is not a bad emotion. Health publication website SymptomFind covered the basics of anxiety in one of their articles. According to their breakdown, anxiety occurs when the brain perceives a threat and alerts the sympathetic nervous system. In humanity’s primal days, anxiety gave their bodies the tools they needed to survive. When they encounter a predator, their brain sends the signal to the heart to beat faster, improving circulation and allowing the individual to run from the threat faster.

However, when you have anxiety, the brain gets stuck on that fight-or-flight response, even when it isn’t necessary. The feeling of fear then gets in the way of day-to-day living. Under EMDR, patients are forced to come up with positive beliefs that can replace the negative beliefs. This way, EMDR can redirect the side of the brain that has become stuck.

Online and in-person EMDR

Previously, patients were limited to therapists that operated clinics near where they were located. Online, patients are no longer limited by location and have the freedom to choose the therapist they believe is best for their situation. Online EMDR usually involves live audio-visual video chats between patients and therapists. Though the treatment is performed remotely rather than in person, synchronous sessions allow EMDR principles to remain the same even online. The only thing EMDR needs to work is a stimulus or grounding technique that can redirect the patient’s thoughts as they hold on to traumatic memories. Online EMDR sessions can provide these stimuli. For instance, remotEMDR’s Online EMDR Therapy Platform uses visual, auditory, and tactile bilateral stimuli, all of which are controlled by a therapist that gets to monitor the patient live.

Anxiety can be a challenging mental illness to live with. Fortunately, innovations in technology and psychological treatments allow those suffering from anxiety to seek effective interventions from the safety of their home.

Today, more clients are looking for the right therapist for them online than ever before. As the world’s leading platform for online EMDR therapy, remotEMDR gets many visits from clients seeking a professional therapist every day. 

So, to help these clients find the right EMDR therapist for them AND help therapists get discovered by relevant clients – we created Find a Therapist: A professional, EMDR-focused therapists directory.

Find a Therapist enables clients to perform a highly focused search through its extensive database, using different filters like location, name, distance from a certain spot, price range, payment methods, specialties, etc. 

For therapists, this is an opportunity to be found by relevant clients and grow their practice with minimal effort. The directory is free and available to everyone on remotEMDR’s main page and creating a profile is included in your remotEMDR subscription at no extra charge.

Sounds good. How do I start?

To appear on client’s searches, you will need to create your Find a Therapist profile. Here is how:

1 – Log in to your remotEMDR account and click the Profile tab.

2 – Next, click the Details tab on the left part of the screen. Here you will find several sections that you can fill out to give clients a peek into your clinic and help them decide if you are the therapist they’re looking for.

Let’s review the different sections and see what they’re about:

Personal: Here, you’ll be asked to fill in some basic details about yourself, like your name, title, etc. 

Contact: Help clients get in touch with you easily – enter your phone number, web address, and email address by which you would like them to contact you. 

Please note that by default, your “Find a Therapist” profile email address will be the same one you entered as your remotEMDR account email. To change your contact address, click the pencil icon next to it, and type in the new one. Once you verify the new email, your profile will be updated accordingly.  

Address: Type in your clinic’s full address. The postal code will be completed automatically. 

About: This is where you can go the extra mile and help clients understand who you are as a therapist, and what sets you apart from others. We highly recommend taking the time to write a detailed, compelling description. This will help you get inquiries from like-minded clients who will appreciate what you have to give.

Finance: Here, you can set your price range per session, and tell clients whether you offer a sliding scale or pro-bono sessions. You can also specify which payment methods you accept and which insurance companies you work with. Type in any other relevant financial information under “Additional Info.” 

Qualifications: Tell clients where you got your degree from, your supervisor’s name, and the date you started practicing as a therapist. You can also enter your therapy license information, including the licensing country and ID number. 

Please note that if you select the United States under “country,” you’ll have to choose a state from the list or select the “PSYPACT” option. You can enter more than one license if necessary. 

Treatment and Services: In this section, you can give clients more details about the services you provide, including your treatment approaches and modalities, the age groups you work with, any special communities you serve, specific issues you can help with, and more. You can define up to three of the issues you selected as specialties.

3 – After you finish filling out your details, complete your profile by adding your photo. Click the pencil icon (see image) and choose a file from your device. You can move, crop, or zoom in on your photo to make it fit within the frame. Once you’re done editing the photo, click the “save photo” button and close the Edit Photo window.

4 – To preview the profile from the clients’ perspective, go to the Settings tab and click the eye icon (see below). 

Once you’re happy with how it looks, you can make your profile public by switching on the “Public Profile” button. Remember – until you change your profile to “public,” it won’t come up in clients’ searches and will only be visible to you. 

Congratulations! Your profile is complete. New clients can find and contact you through the platform, and you can always go back to your profile page to update and change it as you like. 

Click here for a video version of this guide.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at info@remotEMDR.com.

Good luck!

If you’ve visited our YouTube channel or our help section, you know all about our detailed step-by-step video tutorials. These videos are a great way to get to know the remotEMDR and learn how to make the most of its many features, whether you’ve just started using it or have been working with it for a while. In this post, we’ll review some of remotEMDR’s top video guides to help you find the ones that will benefit you the most. 

Click on one of the following titles to skip to the category that interests you:

Getting Started

More Video Chat Options

For Your Clients

Advanced

Let’s start with the basics and get to know remotEMDR’s fundamental features. 

Getting Started

What Is remotEMDR?

If you’re new to remotEMDR and curious to know what it is and how it can make your work as a therapist much easier and more effective, start here. Click below to watch the video, then go directly to www.remotEMDR.com to get your free 14-day trial, and use the videos in this post to jump right in and get started. 

Managing the Client List and Inviting a Client to Join a Session

The second video on our list is a good place to start if you’ve just subscribed to remotEMDR. It will show you how to add a new client to your client list, how to edit an existing client listing, and how to delete it. It also covers sending a custom session invitation link to your clients so that they can join the session quickly and easily. Please note that we’ve updated the platform after this video was filmed, and added the option to send the invitation link to the client directly through remotEMDR. For more on this option, watch this part of our Full Demo video (starting at 01:17). 

Using remotEMDR’s Control Panel

remotEMDR’s control panel is where you will find most of the platform’s features and options, so mastering it is essential to conducting high-quality online EMDR sessions. This video is a thorough guide that will take you through every part of the control panel and show you some of the platform’s key features and the many personalization options available on it.

Using remotEMDR’s Internal Video Chat

remotEMDR works seamlessly with all external video chat platforms, but if you’re looking for a truly streamlined experience – our internal video chat is the way to go. It is a high-quality, feature-rich video chat that’s integrated into the platform, so you don’t have to leave the session screen or keep any additional tabs or windows open during the session. It is specially designed to allow for full and easy control of the BLS during the session, and includes various advanced features, including HD video, background blur, and more. Click below to learn how to start an internal video chat session and how to change its basic settings to suit your needs.

More Video Options

As mentioned above, you can use remotEMDR together with any external video chat platform to conduct your online EMDR sessions. The videos in this section will help you set up remotEMDR with external video chat platforms in a few simple steps. 

Using remotEMDR With Doxy.me and Using remotEMDR With Zoom

Both Zoom and Doxy.me have a unique integration with remotEMDR, enabling us to embed the two platforms within our own session screen to create a smoother user experience. These videos will take you through the necessary steps to set up your remotEMDR/Zoom or remotEMDR/Doxy.me session quickly and easily.

Using remotEMDR With External Video Chat Platforms

If you’re using any other video chat platform, e.g., Skype, Google Meet, SimplePractice, etc., watch this video to learn how to create a simultaneous view of both platforms (remotEMDR and the external video chat). This way, you can benefit from remotEMDR’s advanced EMDR solution, no matter what video chat you’re using.

For Your Clients

Naturally, remotEMDR looks and operates differently on the client’s side. The following short, easy-to-follow tutorials will help your client prepare for their remotEMDR session so that they too can make the most of the platform and get the best results from your sessions. Click on any of the images below to access the videos, copy the URL and send it to your client.

Advanced

The videos in this category go deeper into the platform’s customization options. They enable you to truly make remotEMDR your own, use it across different devices, and make your work process more focused and efficient. 

Creating Default Presets and Layouts in remotEMDR

As we mentioned above, remotEMDR has a lot of customization and personalization options. As you become familiar with the platform, you may develop your own set of preferences regarding its many features. For example, you may like to have a certain session duration for some clients and a different one for others; you might like to use a different color scheme for each part of the session; or you may want to use a particular sound for one client’s auditory BLS and change it for someone else. Changing these settings again and again for every client can be very time-consuming, and doing it during the session itself may be very disruptive to the therapeutic process. In this video, you will learn how to choose and save your personal array of setting choices for each individual client, and determine what the session screen’s default options will be for any new client you create.

Using remotEMDR’s Auditory Stimulus

remotEMDR offers therapists three types of bilateral stimulation – visual, auditory, and tactile. This video explores the platform’s auditory stimulus and its many customization options. Watch it for demonstrations of the available sound effects and music tracks and explanations about the different ways you can operate the auditory stimulus, with or without the visual one.

Using remotEMDR on Mobile Devices

remotEDMR’s mobile version is very similar to the desktop one, making it easy to conduct high-quality online EMDR sessions while you’re away from your computer. The mobile version can also be useful in in-person sessions, where it can be used to control the BLS viewed by the client on the computer screen. This short video shows you how to set up a remotEMDR session on your mobile device and shares a few important details you need to know before you start.

Using remotEMDR’s Notes Feature

remotEMDR’s Notes feature is one of our latest additions. It lets you take thorough, EMDR focused notes on each session without having to leave remotEMDR’s session screen or look down from your computer screen to a notebook or a piece of paper. The video reviews taking notes, editing and deleting them, accessing existing notes through the client list, and exporting or printing them out.

Using remotEMDR in In-Person Sessions

While our primary goal when creating remotEMDR was to enable therapists to offer clients effective EMDR therapy remotely, the platform can be highly useful for in-person sessions as well. Watch this video for a short explanation of how you can use the platform in an in-person session, and a quick review of some of the main features and options.

Sharing Your Screen and Recording a Session

This video demonstrates two very useful features you can find on remotEMDR – Share Screen and Record a Session. These will enable you to share the contents of your screen or part of it with your client during your remotEMDR session, or record the session for training, accreditation, or any therapeutic purposes. The video will guide you on how to set up your browser so that you’re ready to record or share your screen once the session begins.

These are our video guides as of this moment, and we’re constantly adding more to the list. Go to our YouTube channel and click “subscribe” to stay updated on what’s new.

Used by thousands of therapists and dozens of thousands of clients, remotEMDR is the world’s leading platform for online EMDR therapy. Thanks to its intuitive, user-friendly interface, it’s easy for an EMDR therapist who has never done online EMDR therapy before to quickly understand how the platform works and start practicing EMDR remotely with their clients.

While remotEMDR does have a very intuitive user interface, it is also a versatile platform featuring many advanced options that some users may not be aware of. That is why we created this list of 9 features that can help you make the most of the platform and upgrade your online EMDR sessions:

  1. Keep the control panel open at all times: By default, remotEMDR’s control panel is set to collapse after a few seconds of inactivity. The aim is to clear the screen for optimal view of the client, but if you prefer, you can keep the panel constantly open by clicking the pushpin icon in the screen’s lower right.
  1. Choose your duration type and manually set the BLS duration: Did you know you can control not only the BLS set’s length but also how the duration is measured and displayed? Go to the General tab and click the Duration Type button, then choose either Seconds or Repetitions. Now click the Duration button to choose the number of seconds or repetitions for each set from the list or choose your own number by double-clicking the bottom number and typing your own value.
  1. Reset the session’s duration: Whenever a new session begins, the session duration timer in the screen’s bottom right corner starts running. Double-clicking the timer will enable you to reset the session’s duration back to 0:00:00.
  1. Move the EMDR player around the screen: The EMDR player is located in the middle of the control panel. By clicking the eject player icon in its upper left corner, you can push the player out and then move it around the screen and locate it wherever you like. You can also flip the player from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa.
  1. Exchange files with your client: When remotEMDR’s internal video chat is active, you and your client can send text messages and transfer small files to each other. Click the Messages button on the right side of the screen to access the chat and the paperclip icon to send a file. 
  1. Blur your background: In some online video therapy sessions, you may want to blur your background to conceal personal or sensitive details. remotEMDR’s internal video chat lets you do that very easily: just open the “video chat settings” window by clicking the gear wheel icon and move the “Background Blur” slider right until you reach the desired amount of blur. Here is a demonstreation of what it looks like:
  1. Use keyboard shortcuts: Keyboard shortcuts can be very useful during a session and remotEMDR has several of them: pressing the space bar will start or stop the BLS, “M” will mute or unmute your microphone, “L” will copy the invitation link to your clipboard, “F” will let you enter or exit full-screen mode, and “E” will end the session.

  1. Change your defaults session settings: When you add a new client to your remotEMDR user, the session screen’s settings will be set automatically according to the platform’s standard options (i.e. speed = 21, duration = 60, BLS type = scan, etc.). If you would like, you can change these default settings by entering your profile page, clicking “default session settings,” changing the settings to suit your preferences, and saving them as your new default. 

Click below for a step-by-step video guide on creating your own custom default settings:

  1. More color options: In the session screen’s Colors tab, you will find more opportunities for customization including the option to change the colors of the visual elements’ exterior and interior parts and the session screen’s background color. When you move your mouse across the color options, several colors and shades will be presented to you. If you are looking for a specific color or shade that is not available within these options, you can click the color button, and more colors and hues will be revealed.

We put a lot of thought into personalizing our users’ experience and making customization as accessible as possible. We are constantly coming up with new ways of making the platform more flexible and convenient and keep adding new features to achieve that goal. For weekly updates on new features, videos, and other online EMDR related news, sign up for our newsletter by writing us at info@remotEMDR.com.

remotEMDR’s Notes feature is aimed to make session note-keeping an easy task for the platform users. It enables you to keep detailed and accurate data regarding each session without leaving the platform’s session screen. Once the session is over, you can easily edit your notes, copy them to external software or print them. 

The following list will help you get to know the feature and start using it quickly and effortlessly: 

  1. The “notes” button is located in the session screen’s upper left corner. Clicking it will open the notes side panel.
  2. To create a note, click the add new note button.
  3. Use the form to fill in any relevant data about the session, including Target, Image, NC, PC, VOC, and other information.
  4. To set VOC, SUD, and final SUD and final VOC values, move each slider to the right until you reach the required number.
  5. You can create as many notes as you need for each session by clicking the add new note button again.
  6. To switch between notes, click the left and right arrows found at the top of the panel.
  7. Click the search button to look for notes containing a specific word or phrase, and the edit button to turn the “read-only” mode on and off.
  8. Click the duplicate note button to either create a copy of an existing note or copy it to your clipboard. This will allow you to copy your notes’ contents to an electronic health record or anywhere else.
  9. To delete a note, click the trash icon.
  10. To close the Notes side panel, click the X button. Your data will be saved automatically and will appear in the side panel the next time you open it.
  11. All of the notes you’ve created for each client will be available to you at all times on their profile page, which you can access through the client list on the platform’s main page. Click any note to open it and view its contents.
  12. You can click the download button to download all of the client’s notes to your device.
  13. Finally, to print a note, click the arrow button to expand the note, then click the printer icon.

remotEMDR is Keeping Your Data Safe

As always, we’re highly aware of the sensitive nature of the data stored in our platform. You can rest assured that all data stored in remotEMDR is encrypted and secured. remotEMDR complies with all relevant privacy requirements, including HIPAA, PHIPA, and GDPR.

If you have any questions about this feature or anything else about the platform, contact us at info@remotEMDR.com.

Any online meeting relies heavily on good call quality. This is especially true for online EMDR therapy sessions, where bad synchronization, choppy video, or poor audio quality can be very distracting for both client and therapist. 

These issues are often related to your and your client’s internet connection, which can cause a host of problems when it comes to video chat platforms when it’s not working properly. 

That is why we put together the following list – it is aimed to enable you, remotEMDR users, to maximize the quality of your sessions by troubleshooting any connection issues you may experience throughout them. 

Before we go over the list of actions you can take to improve your connection, let’s perform a couple of quick tests that may help us diagnose the source of the problem. One is a speed test and the other one checks your connection’s stability. Please note that both you and your client need to perform these tests when connection issues arise during a remotEMDR session. 

  1. Go to https://networktest.twilio.com and click “Allow” to let the website test your camera and microphone.
  2. Please ensure you run this test, not during a therapy session or when any software uses your camera or microphone. 
  3. Once the test is done, you’ll see general diagnostics – a green Pass message or a red Fail message on the left column of the page. Moreover, the right column of the network test contains the Log Output. You can take a screenshot and send it to us if something is unclear to you. 

For quick access to this test at any time in the future, both you and your client can click the “video chat settings” button and click “Technical troubleshooter.” 

Now, let’s check your internet speed. Go to www.speedtest.net and click “go.” The test will take a few seconds.

If you receive high scores, then the quality issue is likely on your patient’s side of the call. Ask them to run the same test. 

Now that we’ve performed the tests, let’s move on to the list of actions you and your client can take to improve the video quality during your remotEMDR calls:

  1. Try using a different browser – remotEMDR works on Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers only, so make sure both you and your client are using one of these browsers. If you’re using an iPhone or an iPad, use Safari only. 
  2. Make sure your browser and operating system are up to date – Both your browser and your OS (i.e., Windows, macOS, iOS, or Android) need to be updated periodically. Some of these updates feature important upgrades that help your device perform better. You can click here to find out if your browser is up to date.
  3. Charge your device’s battery and disable low-power mode – Plug your computer into a power source, and make sure you’re not in power-saving mode. Many devices reduce functionality to save battery power in this mode, which may affect their ability to handle video calls. 
  4. Close any unused apps – Before starting your remotEMDR session, close any apps that may be running in the background as well as any other open browser tabs. These may be consuming valuable battery power, CPU resources, and bandwidth that your computer needs to run the video calls smoothly. 
  5. Check your CPU usage – Open your Windows Task Manager or macOS Activity monitor to ensure that your CPU usage is below 85%. Anything higher than that may indicate that your computer is performing more tasks than it can handle simultaneously. If this is the case even after you closed all other apps and browser tabs, there may be an issue with the computer itself that requires attention.
  6. Restart your computer – This is an easy fix that is definitely worth trying. Restarting your computer may help shut down other software that remains open in the background, consuming power or conflicting with your device’s camera or microphone. 
  7. Move closer to your WiFi router, and switch to the 5GHz frequency – These two factors can influence the speed and stability of your internet connection. Try to move as close to the router as you can, and make sure nothing obstructs it from your device (walls, furniture, etc.). If you’re using a WiFi extender, try disconnecting it temporarily and move closer to the router instead to see if that makes any difference. Last, Click here to learn how to switch to the 5GHz frequency, which offers significantly more bandwidth than the 2.4 GHz frequency.
  8. Disconnect other devices from your network – make sure yours is the only device connected to the network, and disconnect any smartphones, smart TVs, computers, etc., that may be using up bandwidth. 
  9. Connect your computer to the router by cable – If you’ve been connected to the internet through WiFi, try switching to an ethernet cable for more stability. 
  10. Use a newer device – If you are using an older device, it may not be up to the challenge of handling video calls. Try switching to a newer device to see if it manages better. 
  11. Call your ISP – Ask them what plan you’re currently paying for and find out if it’s time for a speed boost. 

We hope you found the solution to your problem in this article. If you need any further assistance, please write to us at info@remotEMDR.com. We’ll be happy to help you with any issues you’re experiencing with the platform.

For most therapists, conducting online EMDR therapy is a new experience that may seem challenging or even intimidating. However, once you try it, you will likely discover that it is much simpler and more intuitive than you imagined. To make the transition to online EMDR even easier than it already is, we put together 8 helpful tips for conducting productive remote EMDR therapy sessions using remotEDMR:

  1. Do a pilot session – before you start practicing EMDR remotely with an actual client, it’s good to try out the platform with a colleague or a friend. This way, you will feel more comfortable and confident in your first actual session and better know what to expect. 
  2. Prepare your hardware and software in advance – before you start the therapy session in remotEMDR, it’s important to make sure that both you and your client are using either Chrome Firefox or Safari browsers. If either of you is using an iPhone or an iPad, make sure to use Safari only. In addition, make sure that both you and your client have a functioning microphone and camera connected to your devices. Last, if you plan to use the auditory stimulus, make sure that your client uses wired earphones or earbuds. 
  3. Make sure you have a stable internet connection – to conduct a productive video chat therapy session, both you and your client must have a stable internet connection. You can use this link to run a test and find out if your connection is indeed stable. If it isn’t, contact your internet service provider to resolve the issue before your online EMDR session.
  4. Send an invitation link ahead of time – it’s highly recommended that you send your client the session invitation link before the session and make sure they got it and can open it. This will both prevent delays and provide a more relaxed setting for both you and your client once the session begins. Remember that the link is reusable, so you can send it once to each client and ask them to save it and use it again to access all future sessions.
  5. Choose your “video during BLS” settings – remotEMDR’s default option is that your client doesn’t see your video while the BLS is active. Your image is hidden so that your client can focus on the moving elements. However, in some cases, you might find it best that your client keeps seeing you during the BLS for various therapeutic reasons. If this is the case, click the remotEMDR video chat settings button and change “video during the BLS” from “don’t show video” to “show thumbnail picture” or “Show full video.” 
  6. Close all irrelevant apps and browsers – when it comes to psychotherapy, privacy and information security are critical. This is the main reason why you have to make sure that both you and your client close all irrelevant apps and web browsers on your devices. In addition, these apps and websites sometimes use some of your internet bandwidth, which may cause connectivity issues during the session.
  7. Set insurance issues – it’s important to make sure that you, as a therapist, are covered by relevant insurance. This issue becomes particularly relevant when it comes to online therapy since many therapists are treating patients in other states and even countries for the first time. Note that each country or state has its own psychotherapy therapy insurance policy, so make sure to find out what is relevant to you. 
  8. Create your online therapeutic environment – as you know, it’s essential that your client feels as comfortable as possible during the therapeutic session. The way you and your environment are caught on camera can certainly influence the client’s emotional and mental state. As part of the preparation for the session, take a look at your frame and see what you can do to improve it: make sure the lighting is good (daylight is best if possible), remove any distracting objects from the background, and adjust the camera to capture your face, neck, and shoulders. You can do all this by clicking the video chat settings button before the beginning of the session.

We hope you found these tips useful. If you have tips of your own you would like to share, feel free to add them in the comments below.

*Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

The transition to online EMDR therapy is changing the way we conduct our sessions. Doing EMDR remotely creates challenges, but creative technological solutions are emerging and making it much easier and more accessible to therapists worldwide. 

For example, remotEMDR now offers therapists a holistic solution for conducting highly effective EMDR sessions, including three different types of bilateral stimulation: a visual stimulus of moving elements, an auditory stimulus of sound effects, nature sound or music, and tactile stimulus generated by specialized bilateral tappers offered by Bi-Tapp.

As you may know, many therapists find using two or even three types of stimulation during their EMDR sessions simultaneously to be very effective. Tactile stimulation can also be helpful when visual stimulation is either not suitable or not possible for the client. Sometimes, switching to bilateral tapping is simply necessary to continue the reprocessing. With the new remotEMDR/Bi-Tapp collaboration, online EMDR therapy can include high-quality tactile stimulation and become an even more comprehensive therapeutic experience with better results than ever before.

What is Bi-Tapp?

Bi-Tapp is an American company that manufactures unique Bluetooth-based tappers designed to give people of all ages access to a powerful resource that can be used anytime and anywhere to reduce stress and anxiety. Bi-Tapp is a product that closely simulates manual bilateral tapping, such as when you tap back and forth on your thighs in an alternating pattern with your hands. As a result, it can serve as a great substitute for manual tapping, which becomes inconvenient in online EMDR sessions. 

To use remotEMDR with Bi-Tapp, you or your client will need to buy Bi-Tapp’s kit. Go to Bi-Tapp’s website for more details on making the purchase. Please note that the Bi-Tapp-remotEMDR initial integration can currently be done only on iOS devices, on which the Bi-Tapp iOS app can be installed. So please make sure your client has access to an iOS device before purchasing the tappers.

Setting Up the remotEDMR/Bi-Tapp Integration

Before we dive into the setup process – this is the guide’s video version for your convenience:

For those of you who prefer the text version, keep reading:

Before the session, ask your client to install and open the Bi-Tapp app for iOS. Then, go to your client’s profile page on remotEMDR and switch on the Bi-Tapp integration button:

When the session starts, ask your client to do the following:

  1. Enter the Bi-Tapp app settings and enable Allow Provider Control and Show Provider Setup Code. (Please note that your client will have to repeat this step on every session).
  2. Send you the five-character code.  

In remotEMDR, enter the five-character code you received from your client and click the Pair button.

Working with remotEDMR/Bi-Tapp integration

After setting up the integration, you can use the tappers as part of the BLS set. They will be fully synchronized with the visual and auditory stimuli. Turn the tappers on or off by clicking the Mode button, and control the taps’ intensity by setting their value between 1 and 40.

Adding the option for tactile stimulation to your online EMDR sessions can be incredibly meaningful for some clients.

For more details on Bi-Tapp and its integration with remotEMDR, contact us at info@remotEMDR.com or Bi-Tapp at customerservice@bi-tapp.com.

Over the past year, thousands of EMDR therapists have started to offer their clients remote EMDR therapy via remotEDMR – the world’s leading online platforms for EMDR therapy. The first reason for this shift towards online EMDR therapy was, of course, the COVID-19 outbreak, which forced therapists and clients worldwide to stay inside their homes. The second reason was that EMDRIA updated their recommendations regarding remote therapy and even posted supporting guidelines to ease the transition. 

Although the COVID-19 outbreak certainly contributed to the recent online EMDR therapy boom, conducting EMDR online actually has many benefits that have nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic and the extraordinary circumstances it brought on. These are some of its key advantages:

  1. Doing EMDR remotely saves time – as opposed to an in-person meeting, the client doesn’t need to get dressed, leave the house, spend precious time standing in traffic on the way to and from the therapist’s office, etc. Instead, they just click on a link, join the session, and receive the same invaluable treatment as they would in an in-person session.
  2. It’s more convenient – the client will probably feel most at ease in their own home, wearing comfortable clothes. In this state, they will likely be more open and cooperative, and less defensive, and the treatment will become more effective. 
  3. Fewer cancellations – when offering EMDR therapy remotely, there is a lower chance for cancellations on both sides. For example, when there is extreme weather or when the client or the therapist feels a bit sick, they can still meet online.
  4. More discreet – online EMDR therapy eliminates the client’s risk of popping into anyone they know when entering or exiting the therapist’s clinic. This can be very significant for some clients who wish to keep the fact that they’re seeing a therapist private. 
  5. Perfect for travel and digital nomadism – when doing EMDR remotely, the client can continue his therapy while traveling or working abroad, as geographical distance holds no meaning.
  6. Increased versatility of clients and therapists – online EMDR therapy opens a wide variety of options for both the clients and therapists. Clients can now pick their preferred therapist from a larger pool of options from all over their country and even worldwide, which makes it easier for them to find a therapist that truly suits their needs and preferences. On the other side, therapists can offer their service to more clients, which can help them grow their clinic.
  7. More flexible scheduling – when doing online EMDR therapy, there is much more flexibility for both the client and the therapist when scheduling the meeting. The therapist can schedule sessions throughout the entire day without being limited by considerations such as clinic hours etc. At the same time, the patient can benefit from the same flexibility and fit the session anywhere in their schedule. 
  8. More bilateral stimulations (BLS) variety – remotEMDR offers a wide variety of visual and auditory bilateral stimulations in addition to a variety of colors and shapes. This way, the therapist can better customize the stimulus according to their client’s needs.
  9. Saving time by saving each client’s preferences – remotEMDR enables therapists to save the settings they chose for each individual client, eliminating the need to change the settings again at the beginning of every session. The platform’s Presets feature offers even greater precision and time saving by enabling up to 3 sets of preferences per client so the therapist can easily switch between them when moving from one state to another during the session.
  10. A screen capture option – remotEDMR also has a screen capture feature, which allows therapists to record therapy sessions easily for therapeutic purposes or EMDR certification.

If you haven’t tried doing EMDR therapy remotely, now is the time. remotEMDR gives you all the tools you need to provide your clients with excellent EMDR therapy online, and our extensive library of video and text guides will help you jump right in and get started. Click here to start your free 14-day trial now. 


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As part of its service, remotEMDR offers an internal HIPAA-compliant video chat, based on the browser on which it is used. To use the platform’s internal video chat, you first need to make sure that both you and your client have a functioning camera and microphone connected to your computers and that the browsers you are using have permission to access the camera and microphone on remotEMDR’s website. This blog post will explain the importance of giving these permissions and how you can easily grant them through your browser’s settings.

What Permissions are We Talking About?

To protect its users’ privacy, every internet browser comes with a set of security settings. These settings include the choice of whether to allow any website the user visits to use the camera and microphone on the user’s computer. Usually, there are three options regarding these permissions: 

  1. Allow – this means that any website can use the user’s camera or microphone.
  2. Block – all websites are prohibited from using the user’s camera or microphone.
  3. Ask – every time a website tries to use the user’s camera or microphone, a pop-up message appears asking the user to decide whether they approve the usage or not.

What Happens If I Don’t Give remotEMDR Permission to Use My Camera and Microphone?

If remotEMDR does not have permission to use your computer’s devices, your client will not be able to see or hear you through remotEMDR’s internal video chat since your camera or microphone will not be able to function. The same applies if your client doesn’t approve their use on their side – you won’t be able to see or hear them.

Lack of access to the camera will also prevent remotEMDR from displaying the user’s thumbnail image next to their name in the session screen.

How Do I Give remotEMDR the Necessary Permissions? 

Allowing remotEMDR access to your computer’s camera and microphone is very easy. All you have to do is make sure to follow the correct instructions, as they differ from browser to browser.

  • For a detailed explanation on allowing access in Chrome, click here.
  • For a detailed explanation on allowing access in Firefox, click here.
  • For a detailed explanation on allowing access in Safari, click here.

If you’re having any trouble giving your browser access to your computer’s devices, contact us at info@remotEMDR.com and we’ll be happy to help.


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