Can EMDR make you worse?
Does EMDR work for everyone?
EMDR is primarily used to overcome symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR has also been found to effectively treat other mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, phobias, and panic disorder.
The healing that takes place with EMDR is much faster than with hypnotherapy. Like hypnosis, EMDR seems to work with the unconscious mind, bringing into consciousness the repressed thoughts and feelings that must be experienced again in order to release their energetic hold on the person.
According to the EMDR Institute, more than 30 controlled outcome studies on EMDR therapy have shown that it has positive effects. In some of these studies, as many as 90% of trauma survivors appeared to have no PTSD symptoms after just three sessions.
When should you not use EMDR?
When doing EMDR, your symptoms can temporarily feel worse in or between EMDR sessions. Even after starting the reprocessing, your EMDR therapist should always look at the balance between helping you keep one foot in the past (what is being processed) and one foot in the present (feeling safe in the present).