EMDR Therapy: Types of Problems That Can Be Worked In the Therapy

EMDR therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the idea that traumatic events can be processed in parts, or phases. In EMDR therapy, you will work with your psychologist to find ways to process different aspects of the trauma at their own pace. This type of therapy has been shown to help people heal from traumatic experiences and may not have been able to do so otherwise.

There are many types of problems that can be worked through in EMDR Therapy, which include PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety disorders, depression, and phobias. If you’re looking for help processing these or other types of problems please contact your local therapist today!

We tried to explain in detail and list the types of problems we often work with in EMDR therapy, and you can easily get counseling from EMDR therapists for one of the following problems.

Is EMDR Therapy safe?

Research suggests EMDR Therapy is likely safe and that there are no significant adverse effects reported.

Recent research studies address the topic of safety with EMDR therapy and have found it to be likely safe, with few reports of significant adverse effects.

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Experiencing feelings of unhappiness, unwillingness, helplessness, hopelessness, and meaninglessness are among the problems studied to a great extent.

Anxiety Problems such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, health anxiety, phobias, social phobia, fear of heights, fear of flying, fear of staying indoors are among the problems of those who work efficiently and effectively with EMDR.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Problems associated with having obsessive thoughts and behaviors are also one of our areas of study. Having disturbing, repetitive thoughts, obsessing habits such as cleaning and order control are all such problems. One of the reasons why EMDR is effective on these issues is that there are generally suppressed unprocessed traumas on the basis of obsessive thoughts and behaviors. When we deal with these unprocessed traumas effectively, we see that the obsessions and the thoughts accompanying the obsessions decrease.

The Unfinished Grief Process

Another area where EMDR is effective is experiencing a grief reaction for a long time. If you are still experiencing a very intense emotion every time the person you lost comes to mind, an effective study can be done with EMDR to experience the natural mourning process and natural feelings.

The Feeling of Worthlessness and Inadequacy

Another area where EMDR is effective and we frequently work on is self-worthlessness and self-confidence problems. We can say that many problems are based on self-worthlessness and self-esteem problems, which we often work with.


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Perfectionism is usually a sign of low self-confidence and insecurity. People who suffer from perfectionism may feel like they cannot make mistakes or do things less than perfectly, because these acts are taken as an indication that they are worthless or not good enough.

Perfectionists often set impossibly high standards for themselves, so when they inevitably fail to live up to their own expectations, they come to see themselves as either incompetent or unlovable. This can lead them to beat themselves up mentally, which in turn leads them to believe that the only way they can redeem themselves is by trying even harder at everything—impossible standards of success always seem just out of reach. 

Relationship Problems

One of the most important issues in therapy is close relationships. We can also use EMDR effectively in many different types of problems, such as problems in close relationships, attachment problems, fear of loss, feeling dependent in relationships, and inability to endure separations. In fact, each discussion, each fight you have with your partner can be a trauma. Every fight you make, every unprocessed problem is actually a trauma.

Family Problems

EMDR can also be effective in family problems. Boundary problems between parents and children, conflicts, and resentment that continue for years are also important problems that put both sides into feelings of helplessness. With EMDR, important steps can be taken to solve these matters.

Anger and Stress Management Issues

Anger and stress management problems are also among the important problems of today. When we consider unprocessed traumas in these subjects, anger control problems are significantly reduced.

Boundary Setting Problems

The inability to say no when necessary, the inability to defend one’s own rights, the problems of making sacrifices, and disappointment are also the problems that can be processed with EMDR.

Performance Anxiety

One of the problems that EMDR is beneficial is performance anxiety. Situations such as the problems encountered in making presentations, public speaking, or experiencing exam anxiety can significantly affect people, especially in terms of being successful.

Performance Enhancement

It is an interesting area where EMDR has been beneficial in recent years. Especially for people who are professionally engaged in sports and performing arts, EMDR methods can be used to process unconscious factors that prevent performance from reaching higher levels. Thus, performance can be maximized.

Psychophysical Disorders

Conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia, skin disorders, digestive system problems can be caused by unprocessed traumas due to stress. Therefore, with the guidance of your doctor, when these issues are handled with EMDR therapy, there may be some relief in physical ailments.

Eating Disorders

Weight control and eating disorders are also important and directly linked to trauma. Therefore, these problems can be handled effectively with EMDR.

Meanwhile, EMDR can be applied not only to adults but also to children.

Last Updated on December 3, 2021 by Lucas Berg


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