Therapy must begin with the development of an authentic alliance; a respectful, caring, and supportive relationship; out of which real and lasting change is truly possible.


Dr. Marcia Herden, Psy.D.

Dr. Marcia Herden received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wells College and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA), and The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). She is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. Dr. Herden is qualified to provide consultation and professional certification in EMDR.

Dr. Herden maintains a private practice in Webster, NY, where she remains deeply invested in psychotherapeutic treatment. For over 30 years her primary professional focus has been on assisting her clients in recovering from the impact of current, as well as decades old psychological trauma. She is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the accompanying issues of serious depression, grief and loss. Her work includes treatment of survivors of sexual abuse and assault, veterans, and first responders.

Through her experience and enthusiastic commitment to lifelong personal and professional development, Dr. Herden has acquired expertise in a number of additional areas including substance abuse and chemical dependency; relationship, marital and family of origin issues; LGBT issues, and autism. Dr. Herden also provides supervision and consultation for colleagues ranging from entry level to advanced in the mental health field.

Dr. Marcia Herden
Therapeutic Approach

Therapeutic Approach

Dr. Herden adheres to the belief that all successful therapy must begin with the development of a respectful, caring and authentic alliance, a supportive relationship out of which real and lasting change is therefore truly possible.

She recognizes how many of our current complaints, problems and symptoms are directly linked to whatever has occurred, and often continues to occur, that serves to hold us back from full access to our true potential.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) offers a truly remarkable opportunity for emotional healing at a rapid pace. It allows us to readily bring forth fresh insights, which further enhance our healing and personal growth. Since 1994, Dr. Herden has continually observed the powerful results of EMDR treatment where regardless of personal history, current mental, emotional and even physical blocks, diagnoses or issues, real and lasting change is truly possible.

What is EMDR?

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven highly effective for the treatment of psychological trauma. As such, EMDR is comprised of a set of standardized protocols. Within these protocols, a skilled EMDR therapist will incorporate elements from many different treatment modalities in order to optimize the speed and quality of positive outcomes.

How does EMDR work?

Each of us carries within us an innate capacity to recover from whatever has caused us to become blocked and stuck in our lives. With the therapist’s proper guidance and direction, EMDR engages the client with their capacity to readily access a natural ability to achieve an emotionally and biologically well regulated state of being. With EMDR, we are able to effectively uncover, explore, and then resolve whatever is necessary in order to overcome the trauma in our lives. Even when we have become convinced something deep within us has made us unable or incapable of change, with EMDR we can readily move forward and achieve that which we previously could barely imagine.

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Media & Public Appearance

Media & Public Appearance

Dr. Herden welcomes the opportunity to bring her engaging and informative presentation style to media, educational and organizational settings. Her in-depth understanding of psychological trauma brings an insightful, unique perspective to the various topics she can be called upon for expert comment or presentations of various length including:

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • School Bullying
  • Autism
  • Gay & Transgender Issues
  • Relationship Issues/Family of Origin Issues
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Depression/Grief/Loss
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction/Recovery
  • Munchausen Syndrome/Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy



The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Logo

The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a professional association where EMDR practitioners and EMDR researchers seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR therapy. EMDR is designated as an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and many other international health agencies. This powerful psychotherapy approach has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. This website provides information to the greater EMDR community including clinicians, researchers, and the public that our members serve.


The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, and is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. This website provides a wealth of information on research, education and treatment across all areas of professional psychology.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health

As an international multidisciplinary professional Association the mission of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health. WPATH publishes the Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines, which articulate a professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical management of gender identity disorders, and help professionals understand the parameters within which they may offer assistance to those with these conditions.

Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. They provide consultation, training and events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of Gender identity and expression. This accessible and practical approach, based on research and experience, enables clients to gain a deeper understanding of gender all along the spectrum.

Dr. Marcia Herden, Psy. D. | 1140 Crosspointe Lane, Suite 2 | Webster, NY 14580 | (585) 671-3180 |