Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy that consists of experimental activities which can effectively help people who have experienced trauma. This therapy strengthens the positive belief of the memories and replaces those negative beliefs with positive ones. EMDR is highly effective in treating trauma, PTSD, and grief as it helps individuals get rid of the stuck traumatic memories in their minds by using sensation stimulations. 

How does EMDR work?

Steps in EMDR:

  1. The counsellor will ask you about the history of your traumatic memories and assess if this is an appropriate therapy for your situation. If EMDR works for you, the counsellor will create a treatment plan by collaborating with you, and decide which forces you would like to work on. 

  2. The counsellor teaches you skills to cope with emotions and distressful memories.

  3. The counsellor helps you to identify your negative beliefs and thoughts and positive beliefs and thoughts.

  4. You will engage in stimulations such as eye movement, listening to tones..etc. to reduce the traumatic memories and to raise awareness of your body sensations.   

  5. You will continue to engage in stimulations that replace those negative thoughts and beliefs with positive ones.

  6. If the distressful memories are not fully processed in the session, you are encouraged to use the skills learned from step 2 to ensure safety until the next session. 

  7. The counsellor will discuss with you the outcome of the treatment and check if there are other memories you would like to work on. 

How long is the therapy?

EMDR typically needs 3 to 12 sessions, and each session lasts 60-90 minutes. Depending on your situation, you may need longer and more sessions if your symptoms are severe, you are learning slower, and you have more traumatic memories to work on. If you have a problem with trauma, loss, or PTSD, see a counsellor today to start your therapy.