What is EMDR?
EMDR Therapist Austin: Before consulting with a trained EMDR therapist in Austin, Texas, you may want to know more about EMDR. In short, EMDR is an acronym for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.”
This process is an intervention to help individuals (usually adults) who are survivors of any kind of traumatic event/memories, including – but not limited to – abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, emotional), natural disasters, accidents, personal crisis, or tragedy, or war).
While primarily for adults, EMDR can be used with adolescents, if done by a highly skilled/trained therapist/counselor.
What Does a Therapist/Counselor do During EMDR?
The EMDR procedure includes the facilitation of eye movement (or other bilateral stimulation) while the person is guided by the counselor through the reprocessing of the traumatic memories. It is not necessary for the client to detail the negative experiences out loud during an EMDR session.
Depending on the severity of the trauma, your Austin, TX EMDR therapist/counselor may have as few as 6 sessions, or up to 20+ sessions, to help you re-process your traumatic memories.
The procedure can help individuals resolve these negative experiences and to maintain a more positive self-concept, both in relation to the trauma and overall.
How Can EMDR Therapy Help Me?
An EMDR Therapist in Austin, TX can help you by allowing you to live more fully in the present. It also allows you to reprocess the disturbing memories or thoughts through bilateral stimulation. The process is rapid, and any disturbing experiences, if they occur at all, last for a comparatively short period of time.
Nevertheless, you need to be aware of, and willing to experience, the strong feelings and disturbing thoughts, which sometimes occur during sessions. It is not appropriate for everyone.
EMDR is evidence-based and research has shown to reduce the number of therapy/counseling sessions with the use of EMDR. Read more about what to expect with EMDR Therapy.
Help With Anxiety, PTSD
EMDR counseling can help with anxiety and PTSD. During a counseling/therapy session, clients will incorporate directing eye movements while imagining distressing scenarios.
The counselor will help you shift your attention towards more positive thoughts, which can cause anxiety to dissipate.
Can You do EMDR Via Telehealth?
Yes, virtual EMDR therapy/counseling can be done via telehealth. Our skilled trauma-informed therapists/counselors can help you through the healing process from the comfort of your own home. Our EMDR counselors use a virtual online platform to create the bi-lateral stimulation (part of EMDR).
Can You do EMDR Therapy on Yourself?
This is a very frequently asked question! While ATTC has some of the most highly skilled and trained EMDR therapists/counselors in the Austin therapy field, doing EMDR therapy on yourself is simply not possible. You must be highly trained to do EMDR, as it is a complex process.
Sliding Scale EMDR Therapist Austin
At Austin Trauma Therapy Center, we recognize that not everyone has the financial means to access Austin TX therapy/counseling, or EMDR therapists/counselors.
We feel that therapy/counseling should be accessible to everyone. We can work with you by providing an EMDR Therapy Sliding Scale rate for those who qualify.
Speak with a Therapist/Counselor in Austin
Ready for a change? Great, our counselors are ready to help you every step of the way. Call us, today, at 512-270-8215, to speak with a professionally trained EMDR therapist in Austin, Texas.
You can also send us an email by using our contact form, here, to discuss the available appointment times. Help is just a phone call or an email away. Our counselors look forward to hearing from you, soon!