Q&A


Whether you are an individual seeking EMDR treatment or a clinician considering becoming trained in EMDR, there are many questions that are typically asked.

Please review the brief paragraphs below and click on the topic of interest. You will be directed to a full page of typically asked and answered questions.

For the general public:

What is EMDR?  EMDR is a relatively new form of therapy treatment. EMDR’s approach believes past experiences influence present perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. Many of these past experiences cannot be resolved through talking alone. Much like a natural healing process that occurs while we sleep, (transitioning between normal sleep and REM sleep) EMDR uses rapid eye movements and other forms of bilateral stimulation) as the catalyst to create change. From more information, click here.

Picking an EMDR Therapist: Choosing a clinician is almost as important as choosing a partner for a long term relationship. Your clinician needs to relate to you, help you feel safe and validated, and provide the most effective and efficient treatment approaches to accomplish your goals. Including EMDR into this equation adds several other considerations. How was the clinician trained, e.g., to follow protocols or to follow your clinical needs? How have they grown professionally, e.g., are they certified in EMDR or an EMDRIA Approved Consultant (both are indicators that EMDR is a significant part of their practice). For more information, click here.

For the clinician:

What is EMDRIA?  For the clinician, EMDRIA is EMDR’s governing body, just as the APA, NASW, LMFT, etc. governs various clinical professions. For more information about EMDRIA, click here.

Picking an EMDR Training Course: First, if you want to become fully trained in EMDR and grow within the EMDR community, pick an EMDRIA Approved Course (unfortunately, not all EMDR courses are EMDRIA Approved). Secondly, not all EMDRIA approved training courses are the same. Some courses stress protocols and procedures from a research perspective, while others approach EMDR from a clinical perspective. Some courses want you to integrate your practice into EMDR therapy’s approach, while others help you integrate EMDR into your clinical practice..

EMDR Consulting’s approach helps you “integrate EMDR into your clinical practice.”  For more information about EMDR Consulting’s training course, click here.