In this era of telehealth, finding the right therapeutic approach that resonates with clients can be a journey in itself. As a therapist, I’ve navigated this and decided on a specialized path that can help many: short-term Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Transitioning to an EMDR-focused model, I’ve woven in techniques like Internal Family Systems work, creating a toolbox of modalities tailored for trauma processing. 

Many individuals find themselves grappling with persistent feelings of being stuck, yearning to break free from the binds of their past traumas. Whether they’re already engaged in talk therapy or not, the desire to move forward swiftly remains palpable. Enter adjunctive or short-term EMDR therapy – a modality that offers hope for those seeking rapid yet effective intervention.

But what does this entail exactly? Simply put, adjunctive EMDR therapy offers a targeted approach for individuals who may already be working with another therapist but seek additional support in addressing specific unresolved issues. Conversely, short-term EMDR therapy caters to those who desire focused trauma resolution but do not currently have a therapist.

My approach may sound stringent at first glance. Contracting with clients for a defined timeframe for trauma work and not extending beyond that might seem abrupt. However, it is instead a highly concentrated intervention aimed at achieving specific goals. In traditional therapy, sessions often revolve around discussing current events and situations – important, yes, but not always conducive to resolving deep-seated trauma.

In my practice, we dive headfirst into trauma processing by the second session. For this to work clients must possess a robust support system and have self-calming techniques to navigate any potential overwhelm during trauma processing.

To ensure readiness, I offer a complimentary 30-minute phone or Zoom meeting to assess whether short-term EMDR therapy is a suitable intervention. From there, we embark on a 90-minute initial session, where I conduct a thorough assessment and begin equipping clients with the tools to soothe themselves when they feel emotional dysregulation. We establish a treatment plan with specific goals and a tentative time-frame.  

Subsequent sessions, lasting either 60 or 90 minutes, are dedicated to journeying through the trauma until it’s processed. It’s an intensive yet focused approach, one that prioritizes swift resolution without sacrificing depth or efficacy.

In a world where time is of the essence and healing can’t wait, short-term EMDR therapy offers a pathway to healing from  trauma, one session at a time.

 

Resources About EMDR

 

EMDR Institute-information about what EMDR is and cites the research that supports its utilization.