"Changing the memories that form the way we see ourselves also changes the way we view others. Therefore, our relationships, job performance, what we are able to do or are able to resist, all move in a positive direction." -Francine Shapiro
How does EMDR work? When trauma occurs, the physical and emotional effects of trauma can become locked in the nervous system. Thoughts, feelings, outside factors (such as loud noises) may trigger the emotions and physical sensations associated with the trauma. EMDR works by unlocking the trauma from the nervous system, allowing healing to take place.
How long does an EMDR treatment typically last? EMDR sessions usually last 45-60 minutes. For best results, EMDR sessions are given at least once per week, although more or fewer sessions may be given depending on the individual’s needs.
How effective is EMDR? Research suggests EMDR may be more effective for the treatment of trauma victims than traditional talk therapies. However, more research is being conducted on how and why EMDR may be effective.
What if I’m not ready to face the painful or traumatic memory? EMDR treatments involve several phases. The first phase is preparation and assessment. During this phase, the therapist will make sure you feel safe and know exactly what to expect. This phase can take as long as you need, until you feel safe and ready to proceed.
When will I experience the benefits of EMDR? Results will depend on your unique situation. However, many people who undergo EMDR treatments experience accelerated healing that begins with the first session.
Can EMDR help in other areas than trauma? Studies have shown that EMDR is also effective in treating anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, acute stress, chronic pain, performance anxiety, and complicated grief,