Effectiveness of EMDR therapy
What will you choose: therapy that lasts 5-10 sessions of therapy that lasts 30-50 sessions with the same results? I’m sure that everybody who counts money will choose the first one.
ЕMDR – Еye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a short term method of psychotherapy that is widely recognized as one of the most effective ones when working with trauma.
In 2013 the World Health Organization practice guidelines stated that trauma-focused CBT and EMDR therapy are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents, and adults with PTSD "(EMDR) should be considered for people suffering from PTSD. These techniques help people reduce vivid, unwanted, repeated recollections of traumatic events. More training and supervision is recommended to make these techniques more widely available."
Who EMDR can help?
- People with low self-esteem, high anxiety level, depression, phobias, panic attacks, sexual disorders, eating disorders;
- Experiencing acute grief, connected with loss or sickness of the loved one, separation;
- Dissociative disorders;
- PTSD of violence victims, PTSD of people that have been exposed to natural disasters or other traumatic situations
- If you been to other trauma situations – you can ask me if EMDR will work for you.
How does EMDR work?
In the brain people process all information. Behind this lies the natural mechanism of forming neuron connections among neurons. When one experiences traumatic situation information about it is stored in the brain and after processing turns into life experience.
Sometimes processing does not happen. If for example, traumatic experience happens in
childhood when the brain was not developed enough to successfully process it if trauma repeats or if it’s too painful to process.
In that case brain “hides” negative information and refuses to process it. This helps to survive trauma at the moment. But the information that was not processed causes ongoing agitation and activation of some brain areas (see picture below). This causes nightmares, bad memories, obsessive thoughts, and other PTSD symptoms.
Brain before EMDR / Brain after EMDR (red areas – are ones that are activated by trauma experience)
The purpose of any psychotherapy is to help the person to elicit negative experiences from the unconscious and then process it.
Since “hidden” information causes additional trauma when you elicit it, you need to spend a substantial amount of time facing resistance – the unwillingness of the brain to stir unwanted sensations. Regular psychotherapy takes a long time to gradually elicit and process information that often accompanies painful sensations.
EMDR therapy minimizes this unpleasant side of the process. Desensitization lowers sensitivity level so that brain “does not fear to process” and launches a regular processing mechanism.
Information connected with trauma with each set of motions (technic being used in EMDR) starts rapidly move in neuro paths until it will be dissolved – integrated with positive information that a person has. As the resulting person has a memory of the event but does not have a painful reaction to it anymore.
I’ve seen this wonderful method in use, and as a certified EMDR therapist recommend it to use when you need to process the traumatic experience that you have. It works well in both online and offline sessions. Contact me now to set up and appointment.
A session with an EMDR therapist in Kiev
An offline session is possible by appointment. Despite the convenience and effectiveness of online sessions, some clients prefer face-to-face meetings.
For these purposes, I rent hourly offices in different areas of the city (depending on the location of the client) and payment of this rent is added to the cost of the consultation - therefore, this format is more expensive and requires additional time to get to the place where the meeting will be held.
It is possible that I come for a session in your area. To do this, you need to rent an office hourly in your area (discussed additionally). I do not go to homes and offices and do not consult in cafes and restaurants.
There are many options for renting premises hourly in different areas of the city, here you can see how the most popular locations look. (rental prices may vary, to be specified)
As practice shows, online consultations are no less, and sometimes more effective, than full-time ones, but it's up to you.
A session with an EMDR therapist in Kyiv. How to start? 5 simple steps
Step 1 - you leave your contacts in the application (and I will contact you myself) or write to me in one of the messengers “I need a consultation”
Step 2 - We agree on the time of the initial free session (15 min) to get to know and understand the topic of the request
Step 3 - We agree on the time and place of the first session (50 minutes) (it is paid only if you decide to continue working with me)
4. Step - you make an advance payment for the rental of the premises (usually 80-150 UAH / hour, depending on the location) and we conduct the first session
Step 5 - If you decide to continue the work, you pay for the first session, and we plan the next
What does the EMDR therapist’s office look like?
Most often I use an office near the metro station Levoberezhnaya (since I live nearby), but sometimes I reserve an office near the metro station Maidan Nezalezhnosti. In principle, you can find a room for hourly rental in your area (upon agreement). This is what I usually rent.
Office 1 (beige) - 120 UAH / hour
Address m. Maidan Nezalezhnosti, st. Mikhailovskaya 24V, intercom 42.
These are rented premises. therefore, it is important to arrive by appointment on time and leave on time. If you are late - the consultation will be reduced by the time you are late.
It is important to understand. unlike online session when it is delayed, then you will need to pay for the next hour of rent, even if this delay was 5 minutes long. For these reasons, the duration of the session is 50 minutes.
Office 2 (blue)
Address: metro Levoberezhnaya. Tourist hotel, office 1911 (19th floor) - 80 UAH / hour
To arrange a consultation time - write to instant messengers (contacts tab) or click "sign up now" and leave a request