This amazing video does such a great job of breaking down EMDR therapy. Let's talk about it.
Not only do I practice EMDR therapy, I also receive my own EMDR therapy. I've experienced it both as a client and as the counselor. As a client, it's amazing how impactful it is in a very short time frame. If I go to my therapy with the thought process of "I am so angry about ...." , I will inevitably leave with the mindset of "Why did I care so much about that?!" My memory didn't change, but the way I feel about it has changed drastically. It is so freeing to not be held captive by the way I feel about my past. I know if I'm feeling some kind of way, I can go to my therapist with my honest feeling about it and she will help me along. What's even more amazing is that there is very little if any talk therapy in EMDR. I don't have to tell my therapist about what happened. I don't have to talk about it at all to change it, and that goes against everything I ever learned in traditional talk therapy.
Is there still a place for talk therapy? I believe so. I do a combination of both in my practice. However, I don't believe I will ever feel the same about talk therapy in trauma again because there's just no reason to make the client relive that horrible experience. Still have questions? I tell you what, when we meet for our very first session, I can show you how it works without ever touching on trauma even a little. It can be something small, like being stuck in a car jam or chipping your newly completed nail job. In only seconds, I can show you how we can rewire your neural networks. After understanding that, it's easy to apply it to other, more sensitive areas of your life.