Prior to being trained in EMDR, I had spent many years working as a cognitive behavioral therapist and had great success with my clients. Initially, I heard about EMDR through clients who had partners who returned from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars severely traumatized. These clients reported that upon their return, life at home was chaos until the returning soldier did EMDR and things began to improve. I heard this enough times that I was very intrigued! Having completed the training, I began using this technique with client’s who were making slow progress in therapy and I was astounded with the results. What I have discovered is that although the most documented use for EMDR is with trauma, it’s application is vast. I have used this technique with a wide array of clients and use it as my favorite tool from my therapist tool box.
There are a number of factors to consider when evaluating the appropriateness of EMDR therapy for your particular situation and history. During your initial consultation, all of the relevant factors will be discussed in detail to help you to come to a decision if EMDR will be right for you.
Clients often report relief from the following symptoms after completion of EMDR:
- High anxiety and lack of motivation
- The emotional impact of memories of a traumatic experience
- Fear of being alone
- Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
- Difficulty in trusting others
- Difficulties in personal relationships
- Being more present and in your body
- Anger that is associated with past memories or a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness
- Being closed to communication and intimacy
- Fear of connecting to emotions
- Feelings of abandonment
- Fear or anxiety about engaging in intimate relationships