EMDR is the acronym for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” It’s a method of trauma therapy used by health care professionals that mimics REM (rapid eye movement) sleep patterns. The purpose of this type of therapy is for the client to work through particularly difficult traumas such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) or other particularly difficult events. It’s only been in the last 20 years that EMDR therapy has come to the forefront. Because it’s been so successful, many mental health professionals are beginning to utilize the EMDR techniques, which often involve the use of “bilateral music” where it pans gently from left to right.
Bilateral and EMDR music is meant to be listened to through head sets or ear buds. Most EMDR music fully pans from left to right. Some composers have taken their music and added a single percussion instrument or sound that pans left to right while the music plays in both speakers. Be sure to discuss with your health care practitioner which method of panning is best for you.
Click on titles for MP3 downloads. For non-EMDR MP3’s, CD’s, books, and music essences, CLICK HERE
- Joyful Life
- Joyful Heart
- Joyful Hope
- Love Abounds
- I AM
- Life Source
Individual songs from various albums are in the EMDR format. Based on feedback from customers, they are now grouped into five “themed” albums available from this site, iTunes (MP3), CD Baby, and Amazon (MP3 and CD). Click on title to download MP3’s from Healing Frequencies Music.
- I AM from the album “I AM”
- Wings of Spirit from the album “Waves of Spirit”
- Regeneration from the album “528 Creative DNA”
- Joyful Heart from the album “New Hope”
- Joyful Hope from the album “New Hope”
- Abiding Love from the album “Cleansing Fire”
- Life Source from the album “I AM”
- Love Abounds from the album “I AM”
- Joyous Hope from the album “Open Heaven”
- Spirit Awakens from the album “Open Gates”
- Living Sacrifice from the album “In the Resurrection Code”
- Transformation from the album “In the Resurrection Code”
- The Wedding from the album “Into His Presence” (Not available on iTunes or Amazon)
NOTE: For the album “EMDR Music for the Spirit,” there is one EXTRA song available ONLY through Healing Frequencies Music (The Wedding). This song is not available as part of this album on iTunes or Amazon because of restrictions for album lengths.
Holly Cummings is a certified, level II, EMDR therapist. Her husband also created EMDR music in the bilateral format. So, between the two of us, you have a variety of choices for EMDR music! Here’s a little tidbit taken from Holly (who has passed away) about how she used EMDR music:
Instructions for relaxing with Bilateral Music:
In order to combat stress and anxiety it’s important to learn to breathe! Slow, deep, quiet breathing (diaphramatic breathing) so that you SEE and FEEL your abdomen rise and fall with each in and out of your breath is key. Focus on breathing and enjoy the bilateral music. You can also enhance this experience by imagining a beautiful, safe place and being there in your mind. Make it as detailed as possible to help your mind buy into the idea that it’s real.
Instructions for working with physical pain:
Again, as with relaxation work, you need to focus on belly breathing AND also focus on the pain (which is usually what we try to avoid). Just notice the pain — even it is in several areas. Keep noticing the pain and when it moves or shifts just follow it and keep noticing. It is not unusual for the pain to move, shift, or change intensity. Whatever it does, simply notice it without judgement or a lot of thought as to what it means.
by Holly Cummings, LPC-MHSP