HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT EMDR THERAPIST?
Are you trying to find an EMDR therapist near you?
Hold on, for just one second.
Before we get to the EMDR stuff, remember that the relationship you will have with your therapist is extremely important for the outcome of your treatment. Find a therapist you can connect with. Your therapist should be someone who can make you feel safe and secure.
Most importantly, find the right EMDR therapist, not just the one whose office is near you.
WHO IS THE RIGHT EMDR THERAPIST FOR YOU?
Your EMDR therapist is the person who will be there when you’re in your most vulnerable moments. If, after a few sessions, you feel like there is no chemistry, it may be time to find a new therapist.
A competent EMDR therapist will help you to reprocess some materials from your past. By the end of the treatment, some memories will be stored appropriately in your brain. That will lead to complete elimination of whatever brought you to therapy.
But there are different ways to do it. Different therapists have different styles.
EMDR therapists are usually trained in other modalities. They have their influences. They have their personalities. Some want you to talk more, and you may someone who needs to talk. Other EMDR therapists will just help you reprocess. They will be there to support you and ask you some questions. They will give you instructions – but they will mostly stay quiet. If you’re someone who is not interested in sharing all the details, you want to find a therapist who is not interested in listening to every detail. To get maximum results from your EMDR treatment, you have to find your therapist.
ASK YOUR THERAPIST ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE
If you get your treatment in the U.S., find a therapist who is trained by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
Make sure you ask therapists you interview about their training.
Remember that years of experience alone will not make your EMDR therapist better. Feel free to ask therapists you interview about advanced workshops, trainings or professional development they had. A good EMDR therapist never stops learning.
FIND AN EMDR THERAPIST WHO IS EXPERIENCED TREATING YOUR CONDITION
Additionally, you want to find a therapist who has had success treating people with a similar situation to yours. If you’re depressed – ask her about her experience treating people with depression. Has she helped her clients to reduce depressive symptoms? Was she able to completely eliminate (cure!) depression for some people?
Don’t get stuck on diagnoses! It doesn’t matter if you’ve been diagnosed with Major depressive disorder, recurrent, mild and your therapist has had success treating patients with Major depressive disorder, recurrent, unspecified. What matters is how your therapist is approaching depression.
INTERVIEW MORE THAN ONE THERAPIST
Before choosing your EMDR therapist, make sure you interview at least two or three therapists. Schedule a phone call or an in-person consultation. Take notes. Listen to what they have to say and how they think they can help you.
DIFFERENT QUALIFICATIONS OF EMDR THERAPISTS
An EMDR Therapist
A therapist who completed the basic EMDR training
A Certified EMDR Therapist
An EMDR therapist with an experience of more than 50 EMDR sessions, who received EMDR consultations, and took some advanced EMDR trainings
An EMDR Consultant in Training
A Certified EMDR therapist who is working toward becoming an approved EMDR consultant and receives EMDR consultations regularly
An Approved EMDR Consultant
A Certified EMDR therapist with an experience of at least 300 hours of EMDR sessions, who receives consultations regluarly
Rotem Brayer is a certified EMDR therapist and an EMDR consultant in training practicing in Denver, Colorado. He divides his time between helping refugees to improve their mental health and maintaining a private practice.
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