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Coronavirus Clinical Resources

In this time of increased anxiety and stress, we want to provide support in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and have collected some resources that may be helpful to EMDRIA members below. We know that EMDR therapists are also following the guidelines and responsibilities of their respective mental health professions. 



Guidelines for Virtual EMDR Therapy

A Report of the Virtual Training and Therapy Task Group. At this time, the body of published research literature that could provide a foundation of knowledge regarding the delivery of virtual EMDR therapy is limited. This gap in knowledge illuminates the need for research in this area. This report introduces relevant issues with regard to the virtual delivery of EMDR therapy and specifically addresses professional practice and guidelines, ethical considerations, and overarching issues for EMDR therapy delivered by virtual means.


  Click Here to Access Guidelines PDF



Please Note: We will continue to add resources as they become available during this time of emerging knowledge and best practices.

Peer Reviewed Articles:

Marotta-Walters, S.A., Jain, K., DeNardo, J., Kaur, P., & Kaligounder, S. (2018). A review of mobile applications for facilitating EMDR treatment of complex trauma and its comordities. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 12(1), 2-15. Open access:


Spence, J., Titov, N., Johnson, L., Dear, B. F., Wootton, B., Terides, M., & Zou, J. (2013). Internet-delivered eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (iEMDR): An open trial [version 2; peer review: 2 approved]. F1000Research, 2:79. Open access:


Todder, D., & Kaplan, Z. (2007). Rapid eye movements for acute stress disorder using video conference communication. Telemedicine and e-Health, (13)4, 461-464.


Other Resources:

Central Ohio EMDR Connection. (2020, March 25). Ethics of EMDR therapy and telehealth during COVID-19 [Video]. YouTube.    


Howard, K. (2018). The effectiveness of EMDR therapy delivered via an e-Health platform in the treatment of complex sexual abuse utilizing the ‘Abate Abuse’ protocol. Presentation at EMDR Europe Conference, Strasbourg, France. Retrieved March 23, 2020 from 


Kiessling, R. (2020, March 25). EMDR telehealth video - H.264 for video podcasting [Video]. Vimeo.


Marchand, J., & Hogg, R. (2020, March 17). Comprehensive demo on offering BLS (eye movements and tactile) through HIPAA-compliant telehealth platforms [Video]. Vimeo.


Trauma-Responsive Preparations for Online EMDR [PDF]. Marchand & Hogg. Available with permission.

Technological Preparation for Online EMDR [PDF]. Marchand & Hogg. Available with permission.


Quinn, G. (2020, March 30). Self-Care procedure for coronavirus (SCP-C). To access a PDF of this protocol (available with permission), click here 


Savage, J., & Sundwall, M. (2020, April 8). EMDR and telehealth (Episode 24) [Audio podcast episode]. In Notice That

Schubert, S. (2020, March 25). EMDR online: Basic tips to get started [Video]. You Tube.


Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC. (2019, April 18). Virtual EMDR [video]. YouTube. Retrieved from:


Watson Wong, J. (2013). EMDR internet therapy [Poster Presentation]. EMDRIA Annual Conference. Retrieved from:


Watson Wong, J. (2020, March). Internet presencing essentials V3.5: For eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) professionals. Paper to inform the EMDRIA board virtual training and therapy task group. To access a PDF of this paper (available with permission), click here

EMDR Specific Platforms

These are platforms or apps that provide EMDR specific services regarding BLS/DAS. Android's Google Play store and the iPhone App Store both have various options as well. Note: EMDRIA does not endorse any of these companies.

  • BSDR player
  • Easy EMDR
  • EMDRremote
  • Gowiththat
  • iEMDR
  • remotEMDR


General Telehealth Information

For information on Telehealth :

Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center. Telehealth coverage policies in the time of COVID-19. Retrieved April 1, 2020 from


National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers. COVID-19 telehealth resources. Retrieved April 9, 2020 from:


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Telebehavioral health training and technical assistance. Retrieved April 8, 2020 from:



HIPAA compliant tele-therapy platforms:

To learn more about HIPAA and HIPAA compliance, go to HIPAA compliant platforms include a BAA or Business Associate Agreement. A BAA is a contract between a HIPAA-covered entity (therapist) and a HIPAA business associate (affiliated party who handles PHI e.g. lawyer, accountant, or platform). BAAs satisfy HIPAA regulations and protect PHI or protected health information in accordance with HIPAA guidelines. A BAA creates legal recourse for each party.  Note: EMDRIA does not endorse any of these companies.

  • Nous Talk
  • RegroupConnect
  • Simple Practice
  • TheraPlatform
  • VSee
  • WeCounsel
  • Zoom (Basic plan does not include a BAA, so would not be HIPAA compliant. However, there is an option at cost that offers the HIPAA compliant BAA)


Stimulus Relief Information

Many EMDR therapists are sole proprietors/self-employed or run a small business. The stimulus package just passed by Congress provides various supports to small businesses and sole proprietors. The following resources could provide information on help for which you might qualify.


Insperity. The coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security act (CARES act). Retrieved April 1, 2020 from

U.S. Chamber of Commerce. COVID-19 emergency loans: Small business guide. Retrieved April 1, 2020 from


U.S. Small Business Administration. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small business guidance & loan resources. Retrieved April 1, 2020 from


Resources by Mental Health Profession

Be familiar with your legal responsibilities for the delivery of tele-health services by checking with your state licensing board. In addition, each profession may have their own guidelines and ethical codes for the provision of mental health services via tele-health. 


Mental Health Assistance


For patients and family members in need of immediate assistance:


SAMHSA Tip Sheet for Clients

  Click Here to Access PDF


For Ongoing Updates on the Coronavirus

Keep current regarding recommendations for risk mitigation from:




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