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?
•ABC TV - 20/20’s Excellent Unbiased Early Report About EMDR.
NOTE: Although this report was done in the early years of EMDR, all the information is still accurate and relevant except for calling it "experimental" which it was 20 years ago. Since then hundreds of research studies have been published. It is now recognized as a unique therapy approach in its own right by many national and international organizations. Enjoy the video...
• 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".