Q: What is EMDR?
A: EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It's a type of therapy that helps people who have experienced difficult or traumatic events. EMDR uses eye movements or other types of bilateral stimulation to help the brain process and heal from distressing memories. Online, I use a special screen that will help you with the eye movements or we can use a form of tapping.
Q: How does EMDR work?
A: During EMDR therapy, I’ll guide you through a process that gets to the root of your a person troubling memories and you’ll use eye movements or other forms of back-and-forth stimulation. This helps the brain process the memories in a different way, reducing the emotional distress they cause. Over time, the person can feel less upset and more in control when thinking about those memories.
Q: Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?
A: EMDR therapy can be helpful for people who have experienced different types of trauma, such as accidents, abuse, or natural disasters. It's also used for those struggling with anxiety, phobias, depression, or other emotional difficulties related to past events. It can also help with eating disorders, addictions, and grief.
Q: What happens in an EMDR therapy session?
A: In an EMDR session, we'll talk about your past experiences and how they affect you. I will guide you through different steps that include focusing on specific memories or beliefs while using bilateral stimulation. I will help you process the memories, emotions, and thoughts that come up. The number of sessions needed can vary depending on your individual situation. You also never have to talk in detail or relive what happened to you.
Q: Is EMDR a form of hypnosis?
A: No, EMDR is not a form of hypnosis. Although it may seem similar because it involves focused attention, EMDR does not make you lose control or enter a trance-like state. You remain fully aware and actively participate in the therapy process.
Q: Are there any risks or side effects of EMDR?
A: EMDR is generally considered safe, and many people find it helpful. However, some individuals may experience temporary discomfort or emotional distress during or after a session. It's important to discuss any concerns or potential risks with me before starting EMDR therapy.
Q: How long does EMDR therapy take?
A: The length of EMDR therapy can vary depending on the person and their specific needs. It may involve several sessions spread over weeks, months or sometimes years depending upon the complexity. I will work with you to create a treatment plan and discuss the estimated duration based on your goals and progress.
Q: How do I find an EMDR therapist?
A: It's important to choose a licensed and experienced therapist who has specific training in EMDR. Therapists who have this training are listed officially through EMDRIA. During your first session, you can ask questions to ensure that you and I are a good fit for your needs.