Freasha had asked me about using EMDR in my therapy and I decided to ask my therapist about it because it couldn’t hurt to get her viewpoint. I just wanted to briefly give her thoughts on it in case someone found it helpful. Personally, I don’t do hypnosis, that’s just me and she said that even though some people say EMDR isn’t hypnosis, there is an element of it in there because of the eye movement stuff etc. Again this is a personal preference thing and I don’t have a problem with people using it if they wish.
She said a couple of things that I thought might be useful. She has a client who does EMDR with another therapist as she herself does not do it. My therapist believes that EMDR is more useful for a person who has a solid single-event memory to deal with ie: a combat situation where they witnessed a violent death, or perhaps one assault. She doesn’t think that EMDR works when you’re dealing with chronic abuse at an early age that was ongoing and where memories aren’t the same as with a single event that is fixed in mind already.
She actually thinks that EMDR is drawing out her client’s therapy instead of helping but because it’s not her decision she sees the person and helps them through the aftereffects.
It sounded like the basic reasoning she has deals with the matter of EMDR taking something bad that happened and helping the person to change how they manage the memory doesn’t work for her with childhood sexual abuse. The memories can be fragmented because of the age etc. Many things were repressed so the memories aren’t solid and fixed, and it’s more than one even in these circumstances. She said that you can’t hurry through the healing process, (which I guess she thinks is what some people think EMDR does, I don’t know) and that doing it the way I’m doing it is the best way.
I just wanted to share her opinion that’s all. If someone is using it and it works I would never say don’t do it. This was more about a point of view and possible information.
Freasha: I’m glad you brought it up because I wouldn’t have thought to ask about it on my own and it was interesting conversation. 🙂