David Ogren, Ph.D.

David Ogren View Specialties

  • EMDR Therapist - Psychologist
  • 5600 Medical Circle, Madison, Wisconsin, 53719
  • Phone: 608-609-6709
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  • Session Fees: First session - no charge. Others $100 or $150 depending on the length of the session.
  • www.davidogren.com

My Practice:

I am a clinical psychologist who mostly does individual therapy with older adolescents and adults. While I have in the past seen some couples with success, I do not have the specialized training for marital therapy and normally refer couples to other therapists who do specialize in marital therapy.

I was in a private practice in Houston, Texas from 1974 until 2011 when I retired and moved to Madison, Wisconsin (I know, most people retire and move south). Now I have a new, small private practice. I limit my practice to 15 clients per week. 


I am an EMDR specialist. I am an EMDR International Association Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved EMDR Consultant. 

EMDR is, to say the least, a very unusual therapy. It is so "not logical" that I first refused to even consider going to an EMDR training. 

EMDR integrates a variety of approaches to psychotherapy depending on the situation. However, EMDR is a very specific approach to therapy. EMDR, an "accidental discovery" in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, now rests on the belief (theory) that the issues we face today are the result of incompletely processed adverse life experiences, the most severe of these being trauma. Normally our minds process information from both good and painful experiences in life and over time integrates them into our network of memories that make up what I call "the fabric of our lives."  

The Healing Process:

The natural healing process of the body is blocked if, say, a cut on our arm is too deep for the skin to easily mend together or if the wound becomes infected. In such cases, we need stitches to hold the wound together until the healing process is completed or we take antibiotics to eliminate the infection which is blocking our physical healing. 

When events are too powerful for the natural and normal healing process of our minds to process, the experience becomes "blocked" and does not move from an immediate experience to "just a memory." These incompletely processed memories continue to influence how we see things, think, feel and behave, whether we are aware of it or not. 

My Focus:

The primary focus of EMDR therapy is the therapist and client figuring out together what adverse life experiences are the underlying causes of the problems that brought the client to therapy. Once these experiences are identified, the EMDR processing of these events is begun. In some way that is not fully understood, the EMDR process releases the natural healing mechanism of the mind which got "stuck" and did not fully process the painful experience. When a painful memory is fully processed and integrated, it no longer has the power to cause problems. How many past experiences need to be processed with EMDR varies greatly from person to person. A single event, recent trauma can get fully processed in as little as three to five sessions, including the initial evaluation and preparation. Other situations take more sessions.

My Experience: 

I had been a therapist for 19 years when, in spite of my extreme skepticism, I began my training in EMDR therapy. The results of this training were stunning.

  For years I had worked with many very fine people facing significant life challenges -- relationship issues, self-esteem issues, long-term depression -- most of whom did benefit from therapy. However, for the most part, they learned to cope better with their challenges but never truly got over the life experiences that were the underlying cause of their problems. Life experiences in childhood, adolescence and even adulthood that continued to be experienced as much more present than "just history."

With EMDR I saw people actually  getting over  painful experiences and feeling and being free from their negative effects. 

Before EMDR I repeatedly saw that people often got insight into the cause of their problems. However,it became clear that insight doesn't necessarily free us from the events. We may understand a lot more about why we are the way we are, but we essentially have not overcome the negative influence of these life-changing events. With EMDR therapy, people moved beyond insight to .

Because EMDR was such a "good fit" for me as a therapist, I was allowed to learn how to supervise the practice of EMDR by therapists in formal training weekends. I later became an Approved EMDR Consultant, and thus consult with other EMDR therapists to help them with the challenges they face. If I do not have the particular expertise needed, I refer them to other Approved Consultants, just as I refer clients to other therapists when I believe I am not the best person for them.

Like most therapists I believe the foundation that is necessary for successful psychotherapy is a trusting and sound relationship with my clients. My experience is that most people connect with me rather easily and quickly. When there is not a good fit, I refuse to allow them to spend their money and time with me as their therapist. I tell them, "You have enough problems already. You don't need to have to learn how to get along with your therapist when there are many other good therapists available."


David Ogren Reaches

Madison WI