It happened years ago so why can't I forget it? I've talked about it in therapy over and over but it still haunts me.
EMDR is an effective therapy for reducing or eliminating the distress caused by traumatic events. Perhaps you witnessed domestic violence or experienced abuse as a child. Maybe the traumatic incident or abuse happened in your adult life.
Or, maybe what haunts you doesn't seem like it fits in the 'trauma' category. The inner voice that makes you self-conscious when you're talking to your friends or the nagging feeling that you aren't good enough.
EMDR is an effective strategy regardless of whether you're new to therapy or you've been in therapy for years.
Is EMDR Right for Me?
I have negative thoughts that pop up again and again.
I want to understand the impact of trauma on my brain and body.
I know I want forget what happened but I don't want the memories hitting me when I least expect it.
I no longer want my past in the driver's seat. I want to move forward with a sense of healthy control and freedom.
Anxiety, fear or dark memories leave me feeling stuck.
EMDR is effective for:
Anxiety, panic, phobia
Do I have to talk about the details of what happened?
You don't! EMDR is effective regardless of whether or not you discuss the event in detail.
How quickly will I see results?
EMDR results vary by person and depend on several factors such as whether you've experienced a single-incident trauma (car accident, house fire) or have repeated exposure (childhood abuse, abusive relationship). Similarly, time since the incident occurred will factor. Your therapist will create a customized treatment plan ("target plan") to get you the best results.
Looking to Accelerate your Results?
An EMDR intensive may be right for you. Typical therapy sessions are structured at 55 minutes and, sometimes, that just doesn't feel like enough. An intensive sessions will provide you with an entire day (or more, if you choose).
Clients opting for intensive sessions will start their day with three hours of EMDR followed by somatic interventions (like yoga or massage) which assist the body in letting go of what the mind processed during morning EMDR.