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Common Questions about EMDR Therapy

Is there any discomfort involved in the EMDR process?
EMDR Therapy can evoke strong emotions during a session.  This is perfectly normal and desirable, since the technique works on the negative feelings and thoughts when they are brought into your awareness.  However, the re-experiencing of these unpleasant feelings is brief and they will soon leave you when the process is completed.  If you will persevere through the upsetting memories for a short time, you will likely be pleased with the outcome of the therapy.  Relief occurs rapidly, and for many, permanently.

What happens after an EMDR Therapy session? 
In between EMDR Therapy sessions, it is helpful to keep a journal to record any unusual or noteworthy thoughts or feelings.  You can then bring your notes to the next session.  This log will help your therapist to know if any adjustments in therapy are warranted. After an EMDR Therapy session, there may be a strong sense of relief, a feeling or openness or often euphoria.  This is a normal reaction to the release that has, and is, taken place. From time to time, some clients experience unusual thoughts or vivid dreams that may or may not have any meaning.  This is part of the releasing process and should not cause undue concern.  Be sure to mention these experiences to your counselor in your next session, and if you are concerned, be sure to contact them.

Is EMDR hypnosis? 
No.  Similar to hypnosis, EMDR Therapy seems to work with the unconscious mind, bringing into consciousness the repressed thoughts and feelings that must be experienced again in order to release their energetic hold on the individual.  However, during the EMDR Therapy session, you are awake, alert and in control at all times.  The healing that takes place with EMDR Therapy is much faster than with hypnotherapy.

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