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EMDR??? .......Anyone???

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I've been referred to psychology for trauma treatment and received a letter today saying I'm on waiting list for EMDR. Not what I was originally expecting but apparently waiting list is smaller so I'll be seen quicker.

Has anyone else had this and what does it entail? How long does it usually last etc?
 
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I’m curious about that treatment too. I’ve heard it’s fairly effective.
 
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I was hoping someone on here would have had experience of it......maybe not :low:
 
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I was hoping someone on here would have had experience of it......maybe not :low:
Hi, I did EMDR about ten years ago but not for PTSD, I don't have PTSD. I went to a private psychotherapist. Mine was for depression / severe anxiety with intrusive thoughts / OCD type thinking.

Basically it was a man waving a stick in front of my face while I recalled stressful events - I honestly don't know how much it did for me but I did recover quite a bit shortly after I finished the course. Not sure if it was down to the EMDR.

It was actually less stressful than I've found CBT because it's not really about talking. I can't remember if it helped with the intrusive thoughts, I'm sorry I can't be more helpful, my memory isn't good.

Are you getting it through the NHS? I know at the time I did it it was basically seen as a bit of a miracle cure with great studies to back up its effectiveness, don't know if that's still true.
 
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Thank you for your reply - really appreciate it.

I've been referred to a psychologist at my CMHT. Apparently she does it but I don't know much about it, and neither does my CPN.

I asked for help to deal with my past and was offered this.
 
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Thank you for your reply - really appreciate it.

I've been referred to a psychologist at my CMHT. Apparently she does it but I don't know much about it, and neither does my CPN.

I asked for help to deal with my past and was offered this.
No worries. Since posting I remember that the psychotherapist thought my medication was affecting the effectiveness of the sessions so that might be why I can't give a more positive answer - I was most likely on venlafaxine or mirtazipine at the time, again not sure. I think it was venla. Something to bear in mind. I have since developed psychosis and if I'm being really honest I may have been slightly psychotic already at that stage on those medications, looking back.

I didn't go specifically looking for EMDR, just for some form of treatment and couldn't wait for NHS so got a recommendation from a doctor and went privately. I'm not really sure why he chose EMDR as I haven't had any great traumas in life, he had a very good reputation so I'd imagine there was a reason. The fact the psychologist does EMDR at all suggests they are experienced as it's not that known I don't think.

Bit of a cop out from your CPN I think, she should at least be finding out for you.
 
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Thank you. I'm currently on Sertraline 150mg and low dose Risperidone. I have had psychosis in the past but they seem to have changed to anxiety induced paranoia these days.

CPN has told me to look it up and we'll discuss it when she comes on Friday then said she didn't know much about it either!

What I don't understand is how can she recommend something when she knows nothing about it?!
 
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Thank you. I'm currently on Sertraline 150mg and low dose Risperidone. I have had psychosis in the past but they seem to have changed to anxiety induced paranoia these days.

CPN has told me to look it up and we'll discuss it when she comes on Friday then said she didn't know much about it either!

What I don't understand is how can she recommend something when she knows nothing about it?!
I think it's a positive that it's actually available to you, for starters, so that's good. There must surely be some people on here who've had it for PTSD who can give a more representative reply. Hopefully someone will come along.

I'm probably being a bit harsh but I feel like your CPN should be able to give you more information. My psychotherapist told me briefly about the scientific evidence supporting it and also success stories about people but I can't remember specifics.
 
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Hi there, I'm currently undergoing treatment since September. It's difficult, but I've found more relief in the last couple of months than I've experienced with other treatments.

My sessions are 90 minutes. We'll usually do deep trauma work for three weeks, then a talk therapy session, then more deep trauma work.

I really, really connect with my therapist and I trust her. I'm always in control and I can stop at anytime. She is also very well-trained and a really good therapist; I think the therapist is just as important as the treatment.

I won't go into much detail about the actual sessions since there's so many descriptions online, which you can easily find 😊 It's also interesting to look up the brain scans of patients before and after EMDR.

I am on 200mg of sertraline, and I don't feel it affects it. I've been able to do some really good work. My therapist did mention that self-medicating between sessions can stall progress, and I'd say it's been true for me, so I stay mindful of that.

I've been using EMDR to work through significant complex trauma and complex PTSD. I've been in therapy for years, and before this, nothing could really touch the ugly little heart of the problem. But this method works really well for me, and in substantially less time.

I hope that was helpful!
 
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