How often would I need EMDR treatments?

An EMDR session usually lasts from one to one-and-a-half hours, depending on factors such as:  the history of the problem, the degree of trauma, and the circumstances on the day of the session.

In cases where there has been a single recent traumatic event, a single session of EMDR may be all that is needed. However, a more typical treatment would be between 5 and 20 sessions, taking place on a weekly basis.  Individuals with multiple painful experiences and years of feeling negatively about themselves, a number of EMDR sessions may be required.

EMDR is most effective when used together with other therapeutic techniques.  Your therapist will discuss a treatment plan ahead of time so you will know what to expect.  Often, several sessions are needed to evaluate whether or not EMDR is the appropriate choice of treatment for you.


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Carol Boulware, MFT, Ph.D.
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Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
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