Counselor’s Corner on BLS Alternatives

In the Counselor’s Corner column, EMDR therapists respond to a question addressing bilateral stimulation (BLS) alternatives due to physical and medical trauma. What can be used when eye movements, tappers, or headphones are not tolerated? Contributors include Reg Morrow Robinson, Ed.S., LMFT, LMHC, Ruth Silverberg, LMHC and Barbara Mashak, LPC.

This question and responses originally appeared in the Central Forum online community. The answers have been edited and condensed for clarity and space. To view the entire discussion, members can visit

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2023 issue EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness of Go With That Magazine™️.


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