What is an EMDR treatment like?
For EMDR, the therapist asks the patient to visualise the conscious trauma in his/her mind. This is the most difficult part for the patient, because this is the memory why he/she is experiencing symptoms. When you visualise the moment, remembering the specific thoughts and feelings, it can be very intense at first. At that point, the therapist distracts you with a hand gesture which you have to follow or possibly with a sound through headphones. The therapist asks about your thoughts and asks you to hold on to them, again distracting you simultaneously. Recalling the trauma and focussing on the distraction is an overload for your working memory. The result of this, however, is that you can 'park' the trauma more easily and recall it with fewer emotions. In other words, you give the trauma a designated place.
EMDR therapy online
It is possible to practice EMDR through video calling. Ultimately, importance is that the therapist can distract the patient and this does not necessarily have to take place in the treatment room. This can be useful for the patient if he or she cannot come directly to the therapist. The principle of EMDR via video calls is the same as during the physical method in the treatment room. The practitioner and the patient can see each other and the therapist can use the screen to apply the necessary distraction techniques. With special online EMDR software the therapist also has access to a variety of digital distraction tasks.
For whom is EMDR online suitable?
Practicing EMDR online is not suitable for all patients with traumatic complaints. This is something the therapist can assess relatively easily. Roughly speaking, there are two types of patients who qualify for online EMDR. Patients with relatively light to moderate complaints and who still function somewhat well in daily life. Or patients who functioned well in society before the trauma, but who have serious complaints after the trauma.