Want to manage stress or anxiety? Apply the scientifically proven technique of using affirmations, sounds, lights, and vibrations to stimulate both sides of your brain.

The EMDR Tappers app was designed by researchers, veterans, and licensed eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) professionals to replicate EMDR therapy with only an iPhone and Apple Watch. Users can set the pace of animations, vibrations, and sounds. These stimuli are synchronized to replicate the benefits of EMDR therapy in any setting without the expensive, bulky equipment. Users can also use the app with just a single phone or two phones. All of this for free. No external, annoying ads.

The core of EMDR therapy is bilateral stimulation—alternatively stimulating each side of the brain with sounds, lights, and vibrations. EMDR is a scientifically proven method of dealing with stress, anxiety, and other negative psychological conditions. The EMDR Tappers app combines the benefits of bilateral stimulation with positive affirmations. These affirmations are delivered bilaterally to help re-program your brain with healthy thoughts and beliefs. EMDR is a “strongly recommended” technique by the leading veterans' organizations, and the American Psychiatric Association has noted that EMDR is effective for treating PTSD symptoms.

The premium version of the app allows users to set the color of the animation, choose the sound, and save custom settings as well as access preset settings.

Download the app today to experience the power of bilateral stimulation.

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What’s New

Version 2.6

This version of EMDR Tappers provides clearer instructions on how to pair the iPhone app with the Apple Watch app to have bilateral stimulation across the two devices.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

crunchfrog ,

App does not work well with Apple Watch yet

I downloaded EMDR Tappers to try with my phone and Apple Watch for the respective right/left stimulation. Unfortunately, the Apple Watch part of the app suffers from stay-awake problems due to limitations of Apple’s public API. And the phone part of the app needs to improve how it handles unexpected disconnection from Apple Watch.

I’m upgrading my review to 4 stars because the developer’s kind response that they were working on improvements to the phone app. Thank you and keep up the great work!

—Original review follows—
When the Watch screen dims after a few seconds, the tapper stops working on the Watch but the phone keeps going. Users also must manually install the EMDR Tappers Watch app via the Apple Watch settings app, and then they must manually launch the Watch app before the iPhone app will talk to it. Finally, the Watch must be kept awake for the two apps/devices to work together.

The phone app does not wait for the Watch app nor does it instruct the user to install or launch the watch app. I do not plan to upgrade to Premium until the Watch support is improved.

Thank you for building this app, and good luck with any improvements you have planned.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the feedback. You are right that the Watch app works best in Apple Watch 5+ because you can set the screen to never go to sleep. Unfortunately, that is the only way to solve the problem given Apple's current rules around actions while the watch screen is asleep.

Regarding the separate Watch app download, whether the corresponding Watch app downloads with the iPhone app is particular to the individual's setting--but you are right. We need more to display information and to show the status of the connection between the watch and the app. More upgrades will be coming with those changes in the future.

We will continue to try to find ways to improve the app to make the instructions clearer.

SuzyJane ,

Like it

Very helpful. But, I have an iPhone and iPad; could you make that work?

Developer Response ,

Thank you for using the EMDR tappers and we love that you have found the app helpful. While the app is optimized for the iPhone, it should be available for iPad with the most recent iOS. Some of the vibrating/haptic functionalities may be limited.

JoshyDoodle ,

Surprisingly Great!

This app is wonderful! I tried EMDR once and it really didn’t work, but I gave this app a try and I’m shocked at how calm I feel doing the bilateral stimulation technique!
The app is designed well. It’s simple yet effective!

App Privacy

The developer, Inspire Hope Counseling LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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