Hard to tell. Each client is unique and different in their needs and in their trauma history, so it’s hard to predict how long EMDR therapy will take. As mentioned before, EMDR therapy is composed of both talk therapy and EMDR reprocessing protocol. EMDR is an eight-phase treatment approach
, and the first 2 phases (history taking and preparation) can sometimes take several sessions, up to months of work depending on the client. These two phases are critical, as it is in these phases that the therapeutic alliance develops and the therapist gets to know each individual client and their unique needs. For instance, If a client comes to me to resolve a single, uncomplicated traumatic incident, it might take us 2-4 sessions to fully resolve trauma symptoms. However, most of my clients struggle with what I call “complex/developmental trauma”, where multiple, prolonged, relationship trauma incidents started early in childhood and have determined current trauma symptoms. In these cases, for obvious reasons, trauma healing needs a much longer time, as we felt unsafe very early in life. It might also help to think about it this way: can you really rush the healing of something that happened over YEARS of life in a few therapy sessions? That is unlikely to be the case, unfortunately. I realize finances might not be an incentive for starting EMDR therapy, but one important thing to consider is also insurance coverage. I am an out of network provider, but if you meet medical necessity criteria, I can give you a statement called “Superbill”, and most insurance panels do provide partial reimbursement for trauma therapy. Deciding to file claims with insurance is a highly personal choice, as sharing a mental health diagnosis with insurance might have consequences for you. I advise my clients to read about this topic before making the decision to submit insurance claims.