How long does EMDR Therapy take?

Many people are beginning to become more curious about EMDR therapy. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Some of the most common questions about EMDR therapy is how long does it take, will I remain in control and what are the results?

How long does EMDR Therapy Take?

Yes! Clients remain in control, fully alert and wide-awake. EMDR is not a form of hypnosis and the process can be stopped at any time. Throughout the session, the therapist will support and facilitate the client’s own self-healing, and intervene as little as possible. Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously, and new connections and insights are felt to arise quite naturally from within. As a result, most people experience EMDR as being a natural and very empowering therapy.

Will I remain in control during an EMDR session?

Yes! Clients remain in control, fully alert and wide-awake. EMDR is not a form of
hypnosis and the process can be stopped at any time. Throughout the session, the
therapist will support and facilitate the client’s own self-healing, and intervene as little as
possible. Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens
spontaneously, and new connections and insights are felt to arise quite naturally from
within. As a result, most people experience EMDR as being a natural and very
empowering therapy.

EMDR Client Testimonials

The clients whom I have had the honor of working with often report positive benefits (even after 1-2 sessions) after doing EMDR, to include feeling “lighter” and more relaxed, a sense of empowerment, improvement in ability to focus, improvement in sleep, relationship improvements, decrease in irritability or anger, and improved ability to live in the moment as compared to feeling “stuck” in the past! Additionally, my client have expressed that they can now talk about their traumatic experience without experiencing the emotional “rush” they did prior to doing EMDR.

 

As stated by the EMDR International Association, The American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of Defense, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and the World Health Organization among many other national and international organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective treatment. It is important that when seeking EMDR therapy that you see someone that is certified in performing EMDR therapy treatment for the best and safest results.

 

Amy Heap is one of our four EMDR therapists we have available at Authentic Connections

To schedule an appointment with Amy today, call 720-370-3010
Email: amyheaplpc@gmail.com