I have been asked a lot why I chose EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) as the main focus in my practice ever since we introduced it at Married to Navy Counseling Services. And, although, we posted quite an extensive Q&A about what EMDR is and who it can help, in this post I would like to focus on why I always talk about it with such passion and recommend it to many of my clients.


1. EMDR treats trauma


After years of providing therapy, I have come to realize that I want to continue my education and career in the field of trauma. Not only I could see that there was a demand for good quality trauma-focused counseling, but I have also experienced trauma myself, hence trying to find how I can help myself as well as my clients, has become my life purpose. Although EMDR most certainly can be helpful in treating such mental health conditions as anxiety and depression, initially it was introduced as a trauma treatment. I was able to see amazing results in my clients with trauma, which inspires me to continue recommending it.


2. It works where other treatment methods don’t


I can see that traditional methods of therapy don’t work for everyone. The mental health field is constantly evolving, and new methods arise. We have come a long way since traditional psychoanalysis. That’s why I recommend trying something new if my clients have already tried everything and nothing has worked for them.

Don’t get me wrong, I still provide talk therapy, and it is definitely helpful for many people. But if I can expand my knowledge and diversify my toolbox, why not do it?


3. EMDR is research-based and recommended for the military personnel


EMDR hasn’t come out of nowhere. Years of research were dedicated to this form of therapy and it’s still gaining recognition and popularity. It’s important to me that whatever I use in my practice is backed up by science, not just anecdotes.

Also, in my practice, I help a lot of individuals with military backgrounds. EMDR is recommended as a part of treatment for PTSD by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense since clinical trials showed its efficacy in this population.

Dr. Trenye Black



5. EMDR provides fast results

Mental health is serious, and by fast results, I don’t mean one session. However, for a single traumatic event, it may take from 3 to 6 sessions to feel better. Healing long-term traumas will obviously take longer (up to 12 sessions). I love seeing results and with EMDR I most definitely see them.

Here are my main reasons for choosing EMDR for my practice. Have questions? Leave a comment below or e-mail us at info@marriedtonavycounseling.com.

~ Love, Tren

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