05 February 2023

Misconception: EMDR is only for individuals with severe trauma

As a psychiatrist who's seen the benefits of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy firsthand, I'm always a little frustrated when I hear people say that it's only for people with severe trauma. I mean, sure - EMDR can be incredibly effective for individuals who've experienced severe trauma, like combat veterans or survivors of sexual assault. But the truth is, EMDR can help anyone who's experienced any kind of traumatic event.


So if you're thinking about trying EMDR for yourself, I want to set the record straight: EMDR is not just for people with severe trauma. In fact, it can be incredibly effective for people who've experienced a wide range of traumatic events, no matter how big or small they might seem.


Think about it this way: trauma is subjective, and what might seem like a minor event to one person could be incredibly traumatic for someone else. Maybe you had a rough childhood, or you were in a car accident, or you lost a loved one. Whatever the cause, if you're experiencing symptoms of trauma - like anxiety, depression, or nightmares - EMDR might be the perfect solution for you.


So if you're curious about EMDR, but you're worried that your traumatic experience isn't severe enough, I want you to know that you're not alone. Many people have similar concerns, and I'm here to help. So why not schedule an appointment today and see if EMDR is right for you? You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain!


Michiel Bosman MD

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