Is EMDR therapy Dangerous?
Thanks to EMDR, I’ve helped many people transform their lives. EMDR is a very powerful treatment. It’s effective and oftentimes it works faster than talk-therapy. But EMDR always has to be practiced with safety. Never forget about the potential dangers of EMDR therapy.
Make sure your EMDR treatment is safe
First, make sure you choose a competent, EMDRIA-trained therapist. This is not the kind of therapy you learn by watching online videos. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) was founded after some therapists tried their own version of EMDR. In its early days, after EMDR was introduced to therapists, some clinicians decided to teach their colleagues how this powerful therapy works.
Therapists who were trained by their clients caused harm to their clients.
The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) has a very specific training program. They make sure therapists pay special attention to the potential dangers before they start reprocessing with EMDR therapy.
An EMDRIA trained therapist should recognize any red flags before they start your EMDR processing. They should recognize when you’re not ready to move forward with reprocessing.
Let me make it clear. EMDR therapy, when done by a competent therapist, is not dangerous. The dangers of EMDR therapy can be a result of not paying attention to safety factors.
Here are 5 things you and your therapist should pay attention to before starting your EMDR work.
5 Signs you are NOT ready start EMDR reprocessing
Lack of internal resources
Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
If you suffer from any form of dissociation – make sure you mention it to your therapist. Some therapists, who are well trained in EMDR, as well as other therapeutic modalities, (Ego-State Therapy or Internal Family Systems), can work with dissociated clients. Dissociation is a very strong defense mechanism and needs to be treated by a competent therapist. If you’ve experienced dissociation – an experienced therapist can help you tremendously. Ask your therapist about his or her experience working with dissociated clients.