EMDR Therapy -- Frequently Asked Questions
"The speed at which change occurs during EMDR Therapy contradicts the traditional notion of time as essential for psychological healing." --Bessel van der Kolk, MD
1. What is EMDR Therapy? (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)
• EMDR is a comparatively new therapy approach for helping you achieve lasting change with problematic thoughts, feelings,
experiences or actions. It is no longer necessary to simply cope with distressing memories or experiences, you can resolve them and
eliminate or reduce their impact on your life and relationships.
• EMDR is a well researched, top line therapy now recognized by many major organizations including: World Health Organization, US
Department of Defense and VA, US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American Psychiatric
Association and others internationally. (More About How EMDR Works....)
2. But You Can't Change the Past...
• Correct... Some people tell me that in previous counseling they talked mostly about “the present” because “you can’t change the past”. Literally, of course, that is true. You can’t make not have happened any painful events which did happen. However, to get relief from events of the past, you do not have to make those not have happened because it is literally NOT the past event that is causing the trouble. It is the MEMORY of the past events and the MEANING they carry in your life.
3. What Do Others Have to Say About EMDR?
• One Person's Story About Finding EMDR.
“... The EMDR helped me finish graduate school, guided me through a difficult transition into life as a professional, and relieved me, finally, of destructive suicidal thoughts.” Jamie Marich, PhD, from "EMDR made simple".
• Brief Introduction to EMDR.
• Francine Shapiro, PhD., originator of EMDR, explains what happens & why.
• Francine Shapiro, PhD., The past is present. (no video) A longer workshop presentation recorded live by the originator of EMDR. If you want more in depth information, this is one of the best.
• Francine Shapiro, PhD., In Depth Interview about her discovery and developing EMDR. EXCELLENT.