EMDR therapy is fast becoming a common therapy in which many therapists are trained. That said, not all clinicians are correctly using EMDR therapy, which can be ineffective, upsetting or destabilizing for clients. This is unfortunate because good healing comes from good EMDR therapy, but it can be hard to know how to find a good EMDR therapist. So, what should you look for in an EMDR therapist?
Many people ask about my approach to adjunctive care in EMDR therapy. It is not uncommon for clinicians who are not trained in EMDR therapy to want to refer their clients for EMDR therapy and still maintain their role as the primary therapist to their client. This can be a great collaboration as long as it is managed well by both therapists.
This morning as I sit working on preparations to teach yet another EMDR Training in Denver next month, I am feeling gratitude for the opportunity to share this invaluable technique with other clinicians. What motivates me is my wish for those new EMDR clinicians to help many more people than I could ever help alone. As clinicians, we recognize that the way one copes with trauma and challenges in life is largely the result of the foundation and resources they develop early in life. How we, as clinicians, help them to synthesize these experiences with adaptive resources is the solution.