Dangers of EMDR: Separating Fact from Fiction

by | Aug 24, 2023 | EMDR Therapy

As a counsellor who has undergone specialised training to become an EMDR Therapist, I want to address the dangers of EMDR, separate fact from fiction, and reveal the truth of EMDR. As I hold accreditation from EMDRAA (EMDR Association of Australia), I am committed to providing you with accurate information. I want to dispel the myths and EMDR concerns, and assure you that it, when facilitated by a qualified and experienced EMDR therapist, is a safe and effective therapy. In this blog, we will delve into common worries about EMDR, the benefits it offers, and how working with a knowledgeable therapist can lead to transformative healing.


The Power of EMDR: Beyond Trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a remarkable tool that extends far beyond the realm of significant traumas. While it has proven highly effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), EMDR is equally valuable for addressing a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, phobias, depression, and even performance enhancement. The versatility of EMDR lies in its ability to help you process distressing memories and emotions, leading to a more balanced and empowered state of being.


Addressing EMDR Concerns: Separating Fact from Fiction

Will EMDR make me worse?

It’s natural to feel cautious about a therapy you might not fully understand. EMDR involves a structured and systematic approach that prioritises your well-being. As your therapist, I am committed to guiding you through the process in simple terms, ensuring that you feel informed and at ease every step of the way.

Is EMDR a Regulated Therapy?

One of the most important factors in ensuring a safe EMDR experience is selecting a qualified and experienced therapist who is registered with reputable organizations like EMDRAA. My training and extensive experience in working with hundreds of clients using EMDR techniques underscore my commitment to your well-being and progress.

What if I uncover Distressing Memories?

Concerns about unearthing distressing memories are valid. However, it’s important to emphasize that EMDR is conducted in a controlled and supportive environment. The process is designed to gradually process memories while ensuring that you feel safe and equipped to manage any emotional discomfort that may arise.

Will I be Emotionally Overwhelmed?

The prospect of facing intense emotions can be daunting. With EMDR, the focus is on gradual processing, minimizing the risk of emotional overwhelm. I will guide you through each session, providing techniques to manage emotions and create a sense of safety.

Will EMDR change my memories?

It’s common to wonder if EMDR will alter or erase memories. Let me assure you that EMDR does not erase memories. Instead, it facilitates a reprocessing of memories, allowing you to view them from a new perspective. The memories remain intact, but the emotional distress associated with them is reduced.

Is EMDR like Hypnosis?

It’s essential to clarify that EMDR is not a form of hypnosis. Throughout the sessions, you are fully conscious and in control of the process. The therapist guides the sessions, but you actively participate, and you can pause or stop the process at any time.


Benefits of EMDR: Embracing Transformation

The benefits of EMDR are numerous and include:

Effective and Lasting Relief

EMDR often leads to significant relief in a relatively short period. The processing of distressing memories at their root contributes to lasting positive changes.

Holistic Approach

EMDR recognises the connection between mind and body, addressing both psychological and physical symptoms. This holistic approach contributes to overall well-being.

Empowerment and Control

By reframing memories, EMDR empowers you to regain control over your emotions and responses. It’s a journey toward self-empowerment and resilience.


EMDR’s effectiveness extends beyond trauma, making it a valuable tool for addressing a wide range of emotional challenges, from anxiety to self-esteem issues.


The Truth of EMDR: A Safe Path to Healing

In a world where mental health matters, EMDR stands as a beacon of hope and healing. While the apprehension toward a new therapy is understandable, it’s crucial to recognise that EMDR, when administered by a qualified and experienced therapist, is a safe and evidence-based approach. As an EMDR therapist accredited by EMDRAA, I have had the privilege of witnessing transformative changes in countless clients.

If you’re considering EMDR, know that it’s okay to approach it with caution. I am here to provide clarity, support, and guidance. You can read more about the EMDR Therapy I provide here. Together, we will explore your concerns, discuss the process in simple terms, and ensure that you embark on a journey that prioritises your well-being. EMDR is not about erasing memories or inducing a hypnotic state. It’s a collaborative process that empowers you to reframe memories, freeing you from their emotional grip.

If you’re curious about whether EMDR is the right path for you, I invite you to contact me to discuss how EMDR may be able to enhance your well-being.

Honni Hayton Counsellor

About Honni Hayton

A qualified, practicing counsellor, Honni Hayton has been helping people live their best life for over 20 years. She specialises in providing women’s counselling services, both in person and online. She also provides relationship counselling to help couples find happiness again.