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My Experience with EMDR

I was introduced to EMDR in 1998 by a colleague I had hired to work in a mental health clinic I managed at that time. When he first explained what EMDR was, I was highly skeptical of this new approach to healing deep trauma. It sounded almost too good to be true.

At the same time, I was curious to see whether EMDR could really fulfill its promise of rapid, deep change. I decided to assign him one of our clients with a history of trauma who had not responded to a year of traditional talk therapy.

I was allowed to sit in on the process and was amazed to witness the improvements the client made in just a handful of sessions.  I was so impressed by what I saw that I decided to seek out my own EMDR therapy even though I felt I had adequately addressed my own childhood trauma in talk therapy. 

During my first EMDR session, I recall expressing strong emotions I didn’t even know existed.  Following the first session, I slept for twelve hours and woke up feeling as though fifty pounds of emotional baggage had been lifted off of me.  It was this initial personal experience with EMDR that convinced me to look into it further and ultimately get trained in it.

Nineteen years later, it remains the therapy technique that I use the most to help not only victims of trauma, but also clients who suffer from addiction, OCD, attachment issues and mood and anxiety disorders.

Since its inception in 1988, EMDR has been found to be effective with much more than trauma.  It currently makes up eighty percent of the work I do with clients due to the speed and efficiency at which it works.

For many clients, just a single session can bring about remarkable change.  Issues that used to take months or years to address can now be resolved in weeks.  The overall result for the client has been greater satisfaction with the therapeutic process, shorter interventions and less overall cost.

For myself, my work with EMDR has resulted in greater job satisfaction as I watch individuals heal quicker and go on to live more fulfilling lives.

As you can see from the testimonials of some of my clients who have benefited from EMDR, EMDR can help you heal not only from the initial issue(s) that might bring you in for treatment, but it can also help improve your personal relationships, work lives and overall satisfaction with life.

Ed Thompson MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist
Lic. # MFC 41044

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