Brief EMDR Therapy Overview

Who can provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy?

EMDR Therapy is provided by trained mental health therapists. These clinicians are usually licensed through your states’ regulatory agency. EMDR therapy can be provided through in-person therapy sessions or teletherapy sessions.

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EMDR therapy targets dysfunctional material stored in one’s nervous system from past trauma. It does this by re-engaging the body’s innate ability to heal through Bilateral Stimulation (BS). BS is utilized as it crosses the midline of one’s brain region to stimulate left and right brain communication and integration.

What is treated in an EMDR session?

After phases one and two, EMDR targets will be selected from a person’s past. EMDR starts with the ‘first’ and the ‘worst’ memories of the trauma as these have a large generalization effect after they have been desensitized. Essentially, any target/memory that causes distress could become an EMDR target. This depends on the person’s clinical presentation and reasons for seeking therapy.

How to find an EMDR therapist?

Google is a great way to locate a therapist that is trained in EMDR. Some therapists provide only in-person sessions, others only online therapy, and some a mixture – find what suits you and your needs best.

How long does EMDR therapy last?

Great question! EMDR therapy can range from 20 sessions to months or years depending on the person’s history and past trauma. Sessions are typically held weekly; however, some EMDR therapists provide EMDR intensives at a discounted rate. In this intensive therapy format the client may engage in EMDR therapy for 3-4 hours to desensitize and process past trauma memories.

EMDR therapy is a gold standard for treating trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) If you or someone you care about has their life impacted by trauma now is a great time start the healing process. Click here to submit a form and learn more about how EMDR therapy can support you.

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