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How do I know if EMDR Works?

If you are looking at starting EMDR therapy or are several sessions into the work we believe that it's important for you the client to be aware of how EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is working for you. Here are some signs to look out for and talk with your therapist about:

  1. Distress Tolerance and Larger Window of Tolerance for Distress: One of the primary goals of EMDR is to alleviate emotional distress related to traumatic memories. If you notice a reduction in distressing emotions, that's a good sign.

  2. Symptom Reduction: If you started EMDR therapy for specific memories or somatic responses connected to anxiety, birth trauma, or flashbacks, pay attention to whether these symptoms are becoming less overwhelming or disruptive in your daily life.

  3. Increased Coping Skills: EMDR aims to help you process and cope with past experiences that cause current distress in functioning. Be mindful how you manage situations that used to trigger you or if you're developing and implementing coping strategies.

  4. Changes in Core Distortions: EMDR can lead to shifts in how you view yourself and the world. We hope to see that you have the opportunity to explore and challenge themes of feeling stuck.

  5. Improved Relationships: Sometimes, work in EMDR can allow you to have clearer communication patterns or understand relationships more dimensionally. Notice with curiosity how your relationships are impacted by the healing work you are doing.

  6. Discuss with Your Therapist: The most direct way to gauge progress is by talking to your therapist. Your therapist is available for any feedback you may have and also cares to know your experiences, thoughts, and feelings during EMDR sessions. Remember - if something doesn’t feel right- say something!

  7. Patience is Key: Remember that therapy progress isn’t linear. Some sessions might feel more challenging than others, that’s okay! Trust the process and maintain open communication with your therapist so they can meet your needs on your journey.

Ultimately, the effectiveness of EMDR varies from person to person and provider to provider. Trust your instincts, ask for what you need and stay mindful of your experience during and after EMDR therapy. 

Taylor Stites &  Katie Harris all specialize in working with EMDR at The Couch Therapy and would love to help you start the journey of EMDR Therapy today. Sign up now for a free consultation to learn more about EMDR and how it could work for you!


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