How Do I Know if EMDR is Right for Me?

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While EMDR is widely known to treat trauma, it can also be used to treat or improve almost any mental health issue as well as performance enhancement. If you’ve tried other types of therapy and are still finding that you’re struggling to see the progress that you would like, you may want to consider EMDR in Collegeville, Pa.

Below are a few signs that a new approach to treatment might be helpful.

Your Therapy Sessions

If you feel like your sessions are too repetitive or you don’t have anything new to talk about but are still struggling. Typically, the patterns we are hoping to change play out in many areas of our life so it’s normal to feel like you’re always talking about similar topics. But if you feel like you’re not gaining any new insights or seeing incremental progress towards your goals… or maybe you know exactly what you need to do but feel paralyzed when it comes to following through, this could be a sign another approach might helpful.

Your Self-Beliefs

If you feel like you KNOW something but it doesn’t FEEL true EMDR might be a good fit for you. This type of incongruence is common when it comes to our self-beliefs. For example, maybe you’ve done a lot of mindset work and believe that you are lovable but when you think about the statement “I am lovable” you notice some uncomfortable sensations or emotions. This could be a sign that trauma or difficult experiences are still trapped in your body and a somatic or body-based approach like EMDR could be helpful.

Your Lived Experiences

If you’ve been through difficult experiences and despite time passing and the effort to create safety you still have flashbacks or still feel distressed when you recall specific experiences EMDR may be helpful in fully resolving the traumatic experiences so that they simply become memories without an intense reaction attached to them.

A few additional considerations, EMDR is right for you if you’re open to:

  • considering that your current struggles have a connection to your past even if you’re unsure of what that connection is.
  • a non-traditional approach to healing.


EMDR uses bilateral stimulation and doesn’t always include a lot of talking during the processing phase; people sometimes have suspicions about its effectiveness. I’d encourage anyone considering EMDR to do a little research and don’t be afraid to ask potential therapists questions to satisfy your curiosity. If you are doubtful that EMDR can be effective, there’s a good chance you will not find it effective.

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