Is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) part of Somatic Therapy?


As a  Reichian Somatic therapist, I am committed to guiding you on your journey to emotional well-being and self-discovery. While I don’t practice EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) due to its specific protocol, I incorporate targeted eye movements and eye muscle work in my sessions, recognizing the crucial connection between the eyes and trauma resolution.

Understanding Reichian Somatic Therapy:

Reichian Somatic therapy, rooted in the principles of Wilhelm Reich, delves into the different segments of the body to release stored tension and trauma. One vital segment we focus on is the Ocular Segment, which includes the eyes. The eyes, being windows to the soul, play a pivotal role in individual perception of self, others, and the world.

The Significance of the Ocular Segment:

Unlocking Perception:

The eyes are not just organs for vision; they are gateways to our perceptions. The Ocular Segment in Reichian therapy acknowledges that traumatic experiences can deeply impact the way we see ourselves, others, and the world. By addressing the eyes, we aim to unlock and transform these perceptions, facilitating a shift towards a healthier worldview.

Body-Mind Connection:

Reichian Somatic therapy emphasizes the intricate connection between the body and the mind. Working with the Ocular Segment is instrumental in this process, as the eyes are directly linked to the brain. Addressing the eyes aids in rewiring neural pathways associated with trauma, fostering a harmonious connection between mind and body.

Ocular Work vs. EMDR

While EMDR is a highly effective therapy, it comes with a specific protocol. As a Reichian Somatic therapist, I integrate eye movements and muscle work into sessions tailored to your unique needs. This approach allows for a more personalized and comprehensive exploration of trauma, encompassing the Ocular Segment and beyond.


In my Somatic Therapy practice, I am dedicated to providing you with a holistic approach to trauma healing. Through Reichian Somatic therapy, the Ocular Segment takes center stage as we navigate the profound impact of trauma on perception. If you are seeking a personalized and effective approach to healing, contact me at  to embark on a transformative journey toward emotional well-being.


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