Online EMDR Therapy
Online EMDR Therapy is a great solution to a difficult problem – How do I access EMDR Therapy when there are no therapists nearby?
The use of online EMDR Therapy as a way of addressing problems related to PTSD, OCD and other Anxiety disorders is becoming more widespread as it presents an easy way to access quality, evidence-based treatment from wherever you are, using modern technology.
This is how we deliver online EMDR Therapy at Access CBT.
If you would like more information then please contact 07887 701 176 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 1: Choosing the right platform for online EMDR
As the Online EMDR will be delivered “face to face” over the internet, we need to first agree on a platform for doing this. There are lots of options including Skype and Whatsapp, however I tend to prefer to use “Zoom”, simply for it’s ease of use, security and reliability.
Although we are very happy to provide online EMDR over Skype or Whatsapp or any other secure video conferencing tool that you are used to, I recommend heading over to Zoom, and taking a little time to explore the features available on the free version.
Given the nature of the type of work we do in online EMDR (i.e., focusing upon significant traumatic life events), it is really important that the medium that we agree on is secure and that there is no potential for accidentally sharing any personal information over social media. Your confidentiality and security is paramount.
Step 3: The environment.
As the session will be conducted remotely, the environment that you choose to access the online EMDR therapy is up to you. However, here are a few suggestions.
Firstly, try to choose somewhere where you won’t be interrupted for the duration of the session. This is your time and to get the best from treatment you deserve to be able to give it your full attention. Whilst a quiet room at home might be suitable for some people, for some it might not. If the latter is the case, then you may wish to use a room at a friend’s or family member’s house.
Secondly, as is the case with many types of therapeutic process, there will often be high levels of emotion involved in treatment. Try to choose an environment in which you can have the privacy and safety to express these emotions. If we feel tearful or anxious during treatment, then it’s helpful that we have the space and privacy to process this.
Third, EMDR involves Bilateral Stimulation and there are many different approaches that we can take to doing this (please see below). However, some of these approaches go beyond the initial side to side eye movements and instead may use more tactile approaches such as “the butterfly technique” or leg tapping. It is important that you are in a place where you are able to freely use techniques such as these. I imagine someone using the butterfly technique whilst sitting in their car may draw some attention.
Lastly – As this EMDR is online, we need to make sure that we can stay online. Of course, this may sometimes be down to technical problems beyond our control but we really want to aim for a steady online signal whilst we access the EMDR online session.
Book your Online EMDR session
Once you are happy with the above then it is time to book your session. To do this contact George Maxwell on +44 (0)7887 701 176 or send an email through to email@example.com.
Sessions cost £60 for one session, with each session lasting between 50 mins to 1 hour.
Please feel free to contact with any queries that you may have about online EMDR or read through our article about how EMDR treats trauma for more information.