EMDR FAQ

Is EMDR a one-session cure?

No. Many clients report experiencing benefits following one or two sessions. Clients with multiple traumas and/or complex histories of childhood abuse, neglect, and poor attachment may require more extensive therapy.

 

What will happen in the session?

 

 

 

Initially you would attend for an Assessment session with the EMDR therapist who will be working with you to identify your current problems and assessing whether EMDR may be appropriate form of treatment, and whether you are suited to this approach. They will provide you with some further information on EMDR and answer any questions (when possible) you may have about the treatment. Following the Assessment sessions a treatment plan may be identified for you and the therapist will check your interest in proceeding with treatment.

 

Is EMDR an effective treatment for PTSD?

Yes. EMDR is the most researched psychotherapy treatment for PTSD. It has also been reported as helpful in combination with cognitive behavioural therapy.

 

Are treatment effects maintained over time?

Research suggests the effects of EMDR treatment are maintained over time for many clients.

 

Is EMDR effective in the treatment of phobias, panic disorder, or agoraphobia?

Currently available information concerning the effectivness of EMDR treatment suggests that for some clients it may be effective in the treatment of specific phobias. However research is ongoing in this area.

 

Is EMDR applied to every clinical disorder?

No. EMDR was developed as a treatment approach for traumatic memories. Research has consistently demonstrated its effectiveness in the treatment of PTSD. However EMDR may not be the treatment of choice for every client.

 

Can EMDR be used with Children?

Yes. There is growing evidence that EMDR can be used successfully with children and young people.