One or more sessions are required for the therapist to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR Therapy is an appropriate Treatment. The therapist will also discuss EMDR Therapy and give you an opportunity to ask questions.
The typical EMDR Therapy session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. The type of problem, life circumstances, and the number of previous experiences will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary.
It is important to understand that although the EMDR Therapy itself can sometimes be completed in as little as one or two sessions, your therapist will first need to gather enough background information to be sure that EMDR Therapy is suitable for you, and to determine which exact EMDR protocols are best suited to your specific circumstances. It may also be necessary to spend one or more sessions preparing you for the EMDR Therapy process by enhancing coping skills, relaxation skills, and education around the EMDR process. It is therefore quite common for your therapist to spend several sessions with you prior to commencing the EMDR Therapy.