How long does EMDR take? We can do better than "it depends"

emdr Feb 26, 2021

 We've all had clients and/or consultees ask this question: "How long does EMDR take?" 

Why is this so hard to answer? I've heard responses ranging from 2-3 sessions for one target, to 12 sessions for single-incident trauma, to "it depends." 

Ya'll, we can do better than this. We are the brain surgeons of therapists! Imagine going in for brain surgery and asking how long the procedure and/or recovery will be, and the surgeon says "it depends."

Let's offer customized answers connected to assessment of what we're working with. In today's video, we answer this question with clarity and thoughtfulness.

And, as always, we celebrate you for all you do day in and day out. In case no one's told you lately, you are phenomenal. 


Zero Disturbance offers comprehensive resources for therapists on EMDR-informed clinical reasoning, intensive design, passive income systems, & teaching excellence. 

  • Ready to get started in the Zero Disturbance community? Access our favorite free resources in The Zero Disturbance Welcome Bundle, full of free videos and downloads to help you develop your clinical reasoning skills, as well as ways to feel like an intentional designer of high-value offerings like intensives and passive income. Use these free resources to make the seemingly impossible feel absolutely accessible!
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  • Ready to go all in and work with Kambria? You should be surrounded by life-long learners who are encouraging, learner-centered, and transparent about the success of their business as you build yours. All therapists are welcome, and EMDRIA hours available for those with EMDR focused practices. Whether you're seeking Certification, AC, or already a Consultant, we encourage you to get clinical and business strategies in The Consultation Program because there's nothing like it. 

With a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt, Kambria has been creating trainings and teaching adult learners for 20 years. As Director of Education and Quality Improvement at Stanford Medical School, her job was to decomplicate and consolidate complex systems and topics, thereby giving medical trainees successful learning experiences. Now, as a busy mom of fraternal twins, dedicated business owner of Zero Disturbance, and EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Kambria knows what it means to do things efficiently, effectively, and in a learner-centered way. 


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