One of the most popular and effective services we offer at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park is our EMDR Therapy services. We commonly use EMDR Therapy to help treat a number of problems our patients encounter. It can be used as an anxiety treatment, addictions treatment, trauma therapy, and so much more. But, with many people still unfamiliar with the details of EMDR Therapy, there are some common questions we get asked.

In today’s blog at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, we answer some of our most frequently asked questions in one convenient place for your convenience and to help put your mind at ease. If you still have questions after reading through our list or are ready to schedule your EMDR Therapy appointment at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, reach out to us today!

Is EMDR Therapy a One-and-Done Treatment?

Unfortunately, like many other modes of therapy, EMDR Therapy takes more than one session. Typically, quick-fix solutions are not very effective and do not last very long. If you truly want to experience change and see positive results, you need to put in a little work. At Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, we find that in most cases it takes patients between six and eight sessions to complete all of the phases of EMDR Therapy — though it’s important to note that mental health is an ongoing effort.

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

EMDR Therapy is slightly different depending on who is providing the treatment. However, the core principles are usually the same. At Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, EMDR Therapy uses something known as bilateral stimulation of the brain. The patient follows the doctor’s hand or an object in it back and forth. This process helps to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain. When both hemispheres are stimulated, the EMDR therapist will use guided imagery to help you safely navigate your traumatic memories, past events, thoughts, or behaviors. Because of the bilateral stimulation, patients are able to recognize that they are in a safe environment while also working through painful or unsettling emotions. To learn more about how EMDR Therapy can help you, feel free to reach out to our team at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park today.

What Can EMDR Help Treat?

EMDR Therapy is most commonly used to help those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. EMDR Therapy is common in these cases since research has displayed its effectiveness in treating PTSD. What many people don’t understand is that PTSD isn’t only present in military veterans. Any event that you perceived as traumatic and damaging that doesn’t get properly worked through can lead to PTSD.

Although EMDR Therapy is most commonly used to treat PTSD, at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, we find it to be helpful in treating a variety of issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Stress
  • Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • And More

To learn more about how EMDR Therapy can help you, contact us at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park today.

How Long Does EMDR Therapy Take?

EMDR Therapy sessions at Revibe Therapy are one hour long. Overall, to complete each phase in the EMDR treatment cycle, it takes between six and eight sessions. Then, it’s important to continue to monitor your mental health and have regular check-ups just like you would a general practitioner.

Is EMDR Therapy the Same as Hypnotherapy?

In some sessions of EMDR Therapy, the patient will follow the doctor’s finger or object in their hand back and forth with their eyes. However, this is where the similarities between hypnotherapy and EMDR Therapy end. With EMDR Therapy, you are relaxed, but not entranced. And, the important part of the process is the bilateral stimulation, not slipping into a highly suggestible state. Bilateral stimulation of both hemispheres of the brain can be achieved in numerous ways whether it be tapping your hands alternately or following and finger with your eyes.

Hypnotherapy is another mode of treatment that we offer at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park that offers its own set of unique benefits. If you are interested in getting more information about hypnotherapy, you can learn more about our hypnotherapy services here.

How Can I Prepare for My EMDR Therapy Session?

Many people ask our team what they can do to prepare for their EMDR Therapy session. While you don’t need to make any preparations, some people find the following tips helpful:

  • Don’t overthink it
  • Make sure you are eating and sleeping enough
  • Try to move your body for 30 minutes daily
  • Identify your emotional support system
  • Meditate
  • Journal

What Does EMDR Therapy Look Like?

EMDR Therapy consists of different phases that can vary slightly depending on who is administering the EMDR Therapy. Here at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, there are five main phases that take place over six to eight one-hour sessions. The phases are as follows.

History Taking – Your EMDR therapist will take the time to get to know you and your specific situation. They will ask you a variety of questions to get a better understanding of you and what you hope to accomplish as well as identifying problem areas to target.

Preparation – During the preparation phase, we do our best to set proper expectations for what you can expect to experience during your EMDR Therapy sessions at Revibe Therapy.

Assessment – This is the phase where your EMDR Therapist will more specifically identify and target problematic memories, emotions, behaviors, and more.

Desensitization – During the desensitization phase, your EMDR therapist will start to incorporate the bilateral stimulation of the brain through rapid eye movement. This will help you gain deeper insight into your emotions, memories, sensations, and more.

Instillation – In the final phase, instillation, is where your negative thoughts, memories, and emotions begin to be replaced with most positive thoughts and behaviors.

Why Choose EMDR Therapy at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park?

At Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, we have vast experience helping people just like you! Our EMDR Therapy services have helped dozens of people work through their mental health problems and they can help you too. Dr. Axe is our EMDR Therapy specialist and is happy to help you in any way he can. If you are suffering from PTSD, anxiety, addiction, phobias, and more, Revibe Therapy in Winter Park can help. To learn more about how we can help you and to schedule your EMDR Therapy appointment, feel free to reach out to us at any time. Our friendly staff will help you answer any questions you may have and put your mind at ease! Don’t wait, call today to experience the relief you deserve.