Now is the time to heal

from your anxiety, PTSD, and childhood trauma, with an expert in EMDR and trauma therapy. Start this journey with Ayan Mukherjee, with a free 30-minute phone consultation.

Issue Specialization

– Anxiety & Anger Issues
– Depression & Spacing Out
– PTSD
– Complex PTSD
– Dissociative Disorders
– Childhood Trauma-Related Issues
– Spiritual Issues

Therapy Modalities

EMDR Therapy
– Somatic Psychotherapy
– Deep Brain Reorienting
Internal Family Systems
– Ego States Therapy
– Attachment-Focused
– Spiritual Psychotherapy

Practice at a Glance

– Free 30-min phone consultation
– Virtual, video appointments over Zoom
– Fees: $170 (incl. HST) / hour
– Schedule: Mon – Thu: 10 am to 6 pm
– Certified EMDR Therapist & Consultant
– Registered Psychotherapist & Supervisor
– Practicing EMDR Therapy since 2017

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My name is Ayan Mukherjee and welcome to EMDR Therapy Toronto. As a Registered Psychotherapist and a Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant, I specialize in EMDR Therapy, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, Complex PTSD and Spiritual Psychotherapy.

I have been utilizing EMDR Therapy since 2017 and I have earned the designations of EMDRIA-Approved Certified EMDR Therapist & Consultant, which allows me to train and supervise EMDR therapists. There are many EMDR therapists in Ontario presently, though most of them have only completed their EMDR basic training.

Prior to my EMDR training, I graduated with a degree in Spiritual Psychotherapy from the Transformational Arts College, Toronto, in early 2016. Since then I have also trained in other trauma-informed, therapies, such as Internal Family Systems, Ego States Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Deep Brain Reorienting, etc. You can read more about me on my bio page.

My name is Ayan Mukherjee and welcome to EMDR Therapy Toronto. As a Registered Psychotherapist and a Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant, I specialize in EMDR Therapy, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, Complex PTSD and Spiritual Psychotherapy.

I have been utilizing EMDR Therapy since 2017 and I have earned the designations of EMDRIA-Approved Certified EMDR Therapist & Consultant, which allows me to train and supervise EMDR therapists. There are many EMDR therapists in Ontario presently, though most of them have only completed their EMDR basic training.

Prior to my EMDR training, I graduated with a degree in Spiritual Psychotherapy from the Transformational Arts College, Toronto, in early 2016. Since then I have also trained in other trauma-informed, therapies, such as Internal Family Systems, Ego States Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Deep Brain Reorienting, etc. You can read more about me on my bio page.

EMDR Therapy Toronto FAQs

EMDR Therapy Toronto – EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR Therapy is typically used for treating anxiety, phobias, PTSD and clearing other symptoms from traumatic events, such as domestic violence, childhood trauma, sexual abuse, accidents, etc. Briefly, EMDR Therapy works on the model that some of our presenting issues can be traced back to memories from our past, which did not get “digested” or processed properly by our brain’s information processing system. This would likely happen if the memory was experienced as being traumatic. EMDR processing happens by firstly desensitizing the emotional charge in the memory. When that happens, the brain considers the memory to be less important. Secondly, EMDR Therapy helps the brain consolidate these memories by transferring them from short-term muscle memory to long-term memory. It results in that feeling of finally moving on from the traumatic event. For complex trauma and childhood developmental trauma, EMDR Therapy needs to be combined with other modalities, such as Internal Family System, some form of somatic psychotherapy, emotional regulation techniques, attachment-based modifications to EMDR Therapy, etc.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has recognized EMDR Therapy as the therapy of choice for PTSD. Though there are also many different variants and protocols that other therapists have created over the years, to adapt EMDR Therapy for other issues, such as anxiety, phobias, attachment and relational traumas, dissociative disorders, etc.

emdr consultant - emdr therapy toronto - ayan mukherjee - emdr therapy toronto - ayan mukherjee - anxiety, ptsd, childhood traumaI was trained in EMDR in 2017 and I have earned the designation of EMDRIA-approved Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant, which means that I can train and supervise EMDR therapists. I completed my degree in psychotherapy in March 2016 from the Transformational Arts College (TAC), based in Toronto and received the title of RP – Registered Psychotherapist. The Registered Psychotherapist designation is regulated by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Review my EMDR credentials on the EMDRIA page.

Review my page on the CRPO psychotherapist public directory.

When it comes to clients who come to me for trauma, I use the triphasic trauma model. This model has 3 phases:

  • Stabilization Phase: In this phase we are ensuring that the client is able to deal with overwhelming emotions, that may arise in between sessions and certain skills are taught and practiced. In this phase I bring in trauma-informed mindfulness, body-based psychotherapy and breathing and relaxation skills. We also work on some dissociation in this phase, if it is present, using Ego States Therapy, Internal Family Systems and Structural Dissociation Theory.
  • Reprocessing Phase: This is the phase where we reprocess memories and I often use a combination of standard protocol EMDR Therapy, Attachment Focused EMDR, and Deep Brain Reorienting.
  • Integration Phase: In this phase we ground the gains made in therapy into real life. This is where I help the client learn new behaviours and teach and practice effective relating and communication skills

Please note that these phases are not linear in nature. We can also stay in phase 1 for the whole duration of the therapy and it can be very effective in stabilizing a client’s symptoms. We can talk more about this on our free 30-minute phone consultation.

In typical “talk-only” therapy, the focus is on generating insight into the client’s issues and understanding the situation rationally and realistically and then transforming the client’s behaviours, as the thinking pattern becomes more rational and balanced. Talk-only therapies, like CBT, deal primarily with the conscious, rational part of the brain.

But studies in neurobiology show that our feelings, defense mechanisms and gut reactions to situations arise from more primitive parts, such as the emotional (mid-brain) and the survival (brain stem) sections of the brain. These parts are often outside the direct control of the rational part of the brain. So you may rationally understand your issues and have a lot of insight, but that may not help you heal from your symptoms.

Therapies such as EMDR and body-based psychotherapies work more directly with these primitive parts of the brain that are responsible for fight, flight, freeze, submit and other dissociative defense mechanisms. These defenses when out of balance can cause anxiety, panic attacks, depression, depersonalization, derealisation, etc. This is what I mean when I say that the therapies I practice go beyond “talk-only”, rational therapy.

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What makes you reach out for EMDR and trauma therapy today?

EMDR & Trauma Therapy For Various Issues

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Anxiety & Fears

Heightened anxiety and fears are often a result of your emotional brain living in state of survival mode. This can happen if the emotional brain is stuck in “trauma time”, whether it is from childhood trauma or recent traumatic events. Hypervigilance from having to walk on eggshells around a parent or an ex-partner can also stay in the body as elevated fearful anxiety. We will use EMDR Therapy, IFS, Somatic approaches to process the trauma memories, release the stuck fight-flight response in the body, and also desensitize the imagined scenarios that bring up the anxiety and the fears. Read more about EMDR and trauma therapy for anxiety and fears.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is my primary specialization and I utilize EMDR Therapy, IFS, Deep Brain Reorienting, somatic psychotherapy and other neurobiologically oriented therapies to process the traumatic memories. The processing of memories that activate the cluster of symptoms that are defined as PTSD involves two parts: Firstly, desensitizing and reducing the high emotional charge attached to the memories. Secondly, as the memories drop in charge, the brain sends the memories from short-term muscle memory to long-term memory. It is called memory reconsolidation and it gives you the experience of finally moving on from those events. Read more about EMDR and trauma therapy for healing PTSD.

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Childhood Abuse and Neglect

If you have experienced emotional or psychological abuse and neglect in childhood then you may have the tendency to downplay it and not consider it to be akin to “big T trauma”, like physical and sexual abuse. We will take your childhood trauma and abuse history seriously and use an attachment-focused EMDR Therapy and IFS lens to process the traumatic memories and the betrayal component in it. Guided Imagery and Resource Tapping to fill the deficit trauma would then be used to give your emotional brain and nervous system what they needed, but which they didn’t receive when the abuse was happening. Read more about trauma therapy for childhood abuse and neglect.

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Self-Esteem and Negative Beliefs

Persistent and chronic self-esteem issues often stem from parental abuse, sexual abuse and/or excessive bullying in childhood. Adult onset self-esteem issues can often be traced back to traumatic breakups, intimate partner violence, and/or workplace bullying and layoffs. We will uncover the root cause behind your self-esteem issues and process the traumatic memories using EMDR Therapy, while releasing and unburdening any entrenched maladaptive behaviours using Internal Family Systems, Ego States Therapy and Attachment-focused EMDR. Read more about EMDR and trauma therapy for reprogramming negative core beliefs.

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Depression

Depression is a form of Submit response that you are body can activate when it believes that it can’t reasonably fight or flight its way out of the current situation. It can also be activated as a result of internalized or frozen anger from the past, or frozen and unresolved grief. My approach to depression is to use attachment-focused trauma modalities to gently lift you out of the Submit response, mobilize energy, improve embodiment of anger if needed, feel and release grief associated with deficit trauma from childhood, as needed. Contact us for a free 30-min phone consultation to discuss more.

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Dissociative Disorders

If you are experiencing symptoms of dissociation such as spaciness, depersonalization, derealization, disconnection from the body, ghost sensations or feelings in your body that don’t have an organic cause, or noticing the inner fragmentation of parts of Self, then know that there is help and this can be worked on. Dissociation is essentially a defense mechanism that gets activated for you to be able to get away from distressing situations or feelings internally, when you can’t do so externally. I specialize in dissociative disorders and you can contact us for a free 30-minute phone consultation to discuss more.

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