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Here we address common inquiries about therapy and our specialized focus on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Whether you're exploring therapy for the first time or seeking information on the various services we offer, we're here to provide clarity and guidance. Discover more about what to expect in therapy, the specifics of EMDR, and how our services, ranging from group and individual therapy to specialized assessments, cater to your unique needs. Read on to find answers to questions about the therapeutic process, the effectiveness of EMDR, and the diverse services provided by our experienced psychologist, Dr. Thomas Brewer. If you have additional questions or require more information, feel free to reach out – we're here to support you on your mental health journey.

  • What can I expect during the first therapy session?
    The first session is often an introduction, where you discuss your concerns, goals, and get to know your therapist. It's a chance to see if there's a good fit between you and the therapist.
  • What's the difference between a psychologist, psychiatrist, and therapist?
    Psychologists and therapists provide talk therapy, while psychiatrists can prescribe medication in addition to therapy.
  • What if I don't feel comfortable talking about certain things in therapy?
    It's normal to feel hesitant. A skilled therapist will create a safe, non-judgmental space, allowing you to share at your own pace.
  • Can therapy help with specific issues like anxiety, depression, or relationship problems?
    Yes, therapy is effective for a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.
  • How long does therapy typically last? Is it a short-term or long-term commitment?
    The duration varies. Short-term therapy may last a few sessions, focusing on immediate concerns. Long-term therapy addresses deeper issues and may extend over months or years.
  • How do I choose the right therapist for me?
    Consider their expertise, approach, and your comfort level. A good fit is crucial for successful therapy.
  • How will I know if therapy is working, and how long does it take to see results?
    Progress varies, but indicators include improved coping, increased self-awareness, and better relationships. Results may be noticeable in a few sessions or longer.
  • How often should I attend therapy sessions?
    Frequency depends on your needs and the therapist's recommendation. Initially, weekly sessions are common, but this can be adjusted over time.
  • Is everything I share in therapy confidential?
    Generally, yes. Therapists prioritize confidentiality, but there are legal and ethical exceptions if there's a risk of harm to yourself or others.
  • How do I know if therapy is right for me?
    If you're experiencing emotional difficulties, struggling with relationships, or facing challenges, therapy can be beneficial. A therapist can help you explore and navigate these issues.
  • Can I combine EMDR therapy with other therapeutic approaches?
    Yes, EMDR can complement other therapeutic modalities, and therapists often integrate it into a broader treatment plan.
  • Are there any side effects or risks associated with EMDR?
    Some individuals may experience temporary discomfort, vivid dreams, or heightened emotions during or after sessions. Your therapist will discuss potential risks.
  • Can EMDR be used for issues other than trauma?
    Yes, EMDR has been adapted for other mental health issues, such as anxiety, phobias, and grief.
  • How long does EMDR therapy typically last?
    Session duration varies but usually ranges from 60 to 90 minutes.
  • How many EMDR sessions are usually needed for noticeable results?
    The number of sessions varies based on individual needs and the complexity of the issues being addressed.
  • What is EMDR therapy, and how does it work?
    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) helps process distressing memories by using bilateral stimulation, often through eye movements, to alleviate emotional distress.
  • What happens during an EMDR therapy session?
    The therapist guides you through recalling distressing memories while incorporating bilateral stimulation. This aids in processing and desensitizing the trauma.
  • Is EMDR suitable for children or adolescents?
    Yes, EMDR can be adapted for children and adolescents, and it has been found to be effective in treating trauma in this population.
  • Is EMDR effective for all types of trauma?
    EMDR is recognized for its effectiveness in treating various forms of trauma, including PTSD.
  • What qualifications should a therapist have to provide EMDR therapy?
    Therapists providing EMDR should have appropriate training and certification in EMDR therapy to ensure its effective and ethical use.
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