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Re: Is EMDR only for trauma? pinkeye

Posted by happyflower on June 10, 2005, at 23:01:13

In reply to Is EMDR only for trauma? happyflower, posted by pinkeye on June 10, 2005, at 22:36:06

> Is EMDR only for trauma? or PTSD? I don't think I have it - but maybe I had a mild form of continuous terrorized lifestyle in childhood and maybe when I first came to this country.

EMDR is used for a lot of things. Some people in sports use it for enhancment, people use it to be more productive in their careers. EMDR is useful in very big tramas like war, Sept. 11th, seeing very distrubing things, etc. But in my case, I have what they call small tramas, but a lot of them. It is useful for emotional abuse, physical abuse and lots of things. I don't know what your abuse was that you suffered, but if you are using the word terrorized to discribe it, it doesn't matter how mild it may be, Abuse is still abuse even if something happens only once or is only emotional abuse. My T says emotional abuse hurts more sometimes than physical abuse. I don't remember if it was you or not, but didn't your dad say he was going to kill you or something?

> Do you think it might be worth exploring that option? How many sessions does it take? 8? Also how much do they charge? Is it generally covered in insurance?

I think it wouldn't hurt looking into. I think the amount of sessions depends on what they are treating. Some people are helped even by one session.I am totally different now, even with one session. It is truely amazing. But I did come away from the session thinking nothing much happened. But the thing is that your mind will still process sometimes for a couple of days. Then BAM! My T is a clinical psycologist, PHD. who used EMDR with some patients. He charges the same as any appointment. My insurance covers it, but I don't know if it just catagorized as therapy or if he says it is EMDR. EMDR is just therapy you know! If you do decide to do this, be sure to go to someone who has been doing it for a long time who is very experienced in it. Ask you T about it . My T is mostly a cognative T, and he uses it as part of normal therapy. Good luck! Let me know how it goes if you decide to ask you T about it. You might even be surprised, she might do it already! lol

> But I have tried CBT for a long term, and beyond a point I am not able to change my emotions much with it. I have developed many coping techniques, but not able to change the way I feel that much really. I am wondering if this would be the magical solution I have been waiting for??

I don't know what your exact issues are, but it might help, it isn't easy though. It has helped me and I am the biggest skeptic of anything! lol There are some good books out there too, about different case studies. I hope this might help you.




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