Want to find the right EMDR therapist for you? The fidelity of EMDR is something that has always been SO important to me! It's sad to say, but there have been quite a number of stories I've heard over the years from individuals who thought they were getting EMDR Therapy, but after speaking to them, it was definitely not EMDR that was done.
Here are some questions to ask to help you be an informed consumer when you're looking for an EMDR Therapist near you:
1. How long have you been practicing EMDR Therapy?
There are 4 levels of expertise in EMDR Therapy. EMDR Therapist, EMDR Certified Therapist, EMDR Consultant-in-Training, and EMDR Approved Consultant. Each level has certain requirements, including length of time practicing as an EMDR Therapist, as well as continuing education and consultation requirements.
2. How often do you use EMDR therapy in your practice?
There is a difference between someone who was trained in it but never really used it VS. someone who was trained and has been actively engaged in the EMDR community ever since. EMDR isn't the only approach to counseling, so many therapists will use several different orientations, but you want to know what is EMDR vs. what's not.
3. Do you have experience treating _____ with EMDR?
This is important because certain a specialist will have advanced trainings that will be helpful in your treatment planning. You wouldn't go to a podiatrist for a cardiac issue, would you? Well guess what, therapy is the same thing.