Since I am providing this therapy modality in my counseling practice and am an EMDR trained therapist, I would love to provide you with some basic information of what to expect when we decide that EMDR therapy is a good fit for you.
EMDR is a therapy which integrates the past, present and future. Initially it was developed to help people with psychological trauma. Through various research it also has been found to be highly effective with grief, anxiety, addiction, pain and performance enhancement concerns. A client will work on and process past disturbing memories, which contribute to present problems and integrate skills that s/he possibly needs in the future. EMDR may bring more rapid results than other types of counseling and therapy. Nevertheless, this all depends on the individual her/himself. One client may take some time to establish trust in the therapist and personal coping skills (phase 2), while another one possibly moves quickly through the first phases to discover later that more material has to be addressed in session. The overall time of counseling will depend on the trauma history of the client. Complex trauma often takes longer in order to address all of the distressing material. EMDR therapy presents an 8 phases counseling approach: