By Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW
I am excited to announce that I am in the process of being trained to provide EMDR for my in-person clients impacted by trauma. Whether single incident or chronic/long-term trauma, EMDR has been shown to be effective as a trauma-informed intervention for many client populations. If you'd like to know more about EMDR, please take a look at the following articles for more detailed information:
EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: goodtherapy.org
Can You Benefit from EMDR Therapy? (PsychCentral)
What is EMDR?
EMDR and Complex-PTSD
Why EMDR Therapy Might Be Right For You
If you'd like to consider EMDR as a trauma-informed intervention, discuss with your licensed mental health professional if EMDR may be appropriate for you. To practice EMDR, your mental health clinician needs to: 1) have a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or clinical social work, 2) have a clinical license to practice psychotherapy, 3) and have taken the EMDRIA-approved Basic Training Course (which includes a total of 50 hours of lecture and experiential practicum, as well as supervised clinical consultation). If someone offers you EMDR (i.e. like some "life coaches" I see hanging a shingle online) and that individual is not a licensed mental health therapist nor have they taken the EMDRIA-approved Basic Training, they are engaging in malpractice. EMDR is an in-person intervention that is contraindicated for telehealth practice.