This is a 40-something woman who was struggling with issues related to addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression and long standing patterns of procrastination that were holding her back from moving forward with life and career path.
Therapist: Did you find EMDR helpful and if so, in what way?
Client: EMDR was helpful in that it worked through subconscious programming. In other words, the process wasn't so much something I had to think about, it worked on a level beyond my conscious mind and that helped me be able to relax and flow with the technique. I do believe EMDR helped to clear out remnants of various traumas and addictions that were holding me back in ways I was aware and not so aware of. When I would get through the process for a certain trauma, I felt lighter and more empowered.
Therapist: How does EMDR therapy compare to regular talk therapy?
Client: It's more more about listening to what your body is telling you. It's paying attention to the feelings and emotions in your body and what they have to say. It's not about consciously engaging your thoughts - the thoughts come to you via cues from your body. It is both a passive and active therapy but it's the wisdom of your body doing the work more than your conscious mind. I think a combination of EMDR and talk therapy is probably most beneficial but both are powerful on their own as well.
Therapist: Would you recommend EMDR to others?
Client: Yes, I think it can be particularly beneficial for certain kinds of trauma and addiction.
Therapist: Do you have anything else you want to add about working specifically with Julia Barokov?
Client: Julia is a compassionate and skilled EMDR and talk therapist. She is committed to doing the work it takes to help people achieve their therapy goals and I always felt well cared for.