Over on Twitter I ran into Kasey, who is training to become an EMDR therapist. I thought it’d be a great wrap-up to hear from someone on the other side of the therapy session. (Even in training, there’s a ton of insight and such). She was nice enough to agree, so please, do give her a warm response.
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Hi, I’m Kasey Klein! I’m currently in grad school to become a therapist. I’m a published author, business owner, and content creator (@healingwithkasey) who discusses psychology, mental health, trauma, ACEs, and healing. I’d love for you to join me on my journey.
What led you to try EMDR?
I was drawn to EMDR therapy because I have a huge passion for holistic and somatic healing practices. I had heard about how powerful it is for trauma healing through friends and via the internet. However, the waiting lists in my hometown were unbearably long, since there aren’t a lot of trained EMDR practitioners yet. When I moved to a bigger city for university, I was finally able to find an EMDR therapist with an opening.
What have you gained from EMDR?
I would say that two months of EMDR therapy helped me with things that two years of talk therapy / CBT couldn’t help with. I had reached a point where I was talking about the same things in therapy every week and not making progress with them. I would get angry and overstimulated by therapy during that time. EMDR was a miracle worker for this. I overcame these deeply rooted issues so quickly and noticed my normal triggers didn’t affect me the same way anymore. After EMDR, I went from needing therapy 2-3 times a week, to going once every two weeks. My quality of life has improved so much and I’ll always be grateful for the benefits I received from EMDR.
What have you learned about it in a professional sense?
I have studied trauma and healing modalities intensely over the last five years. In my research, I have discovered that EMDR is one of the quickest methods for healing traumas (of any severity). Typically, four EMDR sessions are equivalent to 10 TF-CBT sessions, which is mind-blowing! Often less than eight total sessions are needed and is not as stressful to the client as other forms of therapy because it doesn’t involve reliving/describing the traumatic events in detail. It’s also effective for almost all ages, although research is not quite as prevalent for children at this time. Currently, the biggest issue with EMDR is accessibility. As more therapists get trained in this modality, it will become more accessible to those who need it.
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As always, I hope these insights into different types of therapy are useful. Ideally, one of them will help you find what you need to heal and move beyond the pain in your life.
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