Central Virginia Trauma Recovery Network (CVTRN)

We develop, train and maintain a network of licensed EMDR Psychotherapists who provide free early interventions to minimize the emotional effects of traumatic events that occur in Virginia.

We respond to events that have the capacity to overwhelm a community of people. Factors that we take into consideration when determining our response include: the scope and type of event, number of people affected, injuries and casualties, disruption of normal life activities and the degree to which it overwhelms the normal coping abilities of people involved. Examples include but are not limited to natural disasters (i.e., tornadoes, earthquakes), man-made violence (i.e., mass shootings, community violence, mass deportations), work-related accidents (i.e., mine collapse or explosion), and environmental disasters.

We would see affected community members, First Responders and Emergency Room Personnel. CVTRN services are free to the community and might be provided on site, at a nearby community site for affected people to come and/or follow up individual therapy for up to 5 pro bono therapy sessions in a therapist’s office.

For individual needs, please contact an EMDR Therapist close to you. You can find therapists listed by community at EMDRIA.org and clicking on the “Find a Therapist” tab. .


We are a network of specially trained EMDR Psychotherapists who volunteer to respond to traumatic events that occur in the state of Virginia. We provide professional onsite and follow-up treatment to those affected by the traumatic event. We can also provide education to the community about the effects of traumatic stress and treatment with EMDR therapy.

EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well-documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eight- phase, three-pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers. (taken from EMDRIA.org) If you’d like more information about EMDR or the national EMDR HAP TRN or Trauma Recovery Networks, please go to www.emdrhap.org or emdria.org.