EMDR works as a psychotherapeutic method that uses bilateral stimulation to activate the amygdala (where old memories are stored) in the brain to desensitise and reprocess the traumatic memories to come to a positive resolution.
How many sessions do I need?
EMDR is an individual and bespoke therapy. The number of sessions vary to the complexity of the issues being dealt with.
It can range from 4-12 for single incident traumas (such as a car accident or natural disaster) or could be a medium to long-term solution for complex needs.
How long do the sessions last?
EMDR lasts for 60 minutes. If 90-minute sessions are required, this will be discussed and agreed with clients prior to the session.
Is EMDR right for me?
EMDR can target a range of mental health problems, such as: PTSD, anxiety, fear/phobias, stress, grief/loss, childhood trauma, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, flashbacks and nightmares and a method to combat stress.
Whilst EMDR is highly recommended and supported, it may not be the right therapy for you. The initial contact and assessment are when you can decide to move forward with the therapy.