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Question: Will I feel like the experience is happening again?

Answer: Perhaps. Part of EMDR is to heighten the experience during the therapy session, while also reprocessing. So you will be “doing something” about the experience. There are also techniques that can be used if the process is becoming too painful. These techniques tend to work quickly to de-escalate so you will feel more present. The closure of each session is always focused on reducing emotional reactivity and ensuring you feel present.


Question: How will I feel following an EMDR session?

Answer: EMDR is an individual process and there is no way of knowing how you experience the therapy, or how you will experience the time in between sessions. Some people notice it can take a few hours or a few days to feel completely grounded again. Some people experience an immediate return to groundedness. Every person is different and how you experience it will be personal.


Question: Does it really work?

Answer: Yes! EMDR has decades of research backing its effectiveness. The website below offers a research overview of studies involving the effectiveness of EMDR in treating trauma.

For clients with insurance in Montana, Conscious Counseling Services accepts


○ Medicaid

○ Healthy Montana Kids

○ Healthy Montana Kids Plus

○ Blue Cross Blue Shield

○ Aetna, Allegiance

○ Pacific Source

○ United Healthcare

○ First Choice

○ Montana Health Co-Op

Sometimes, insurance from out of state may be accepted if it is listed above. If your insurance is not listed, please contact us as there is a possibility we may be able to accept additional healthcare, though we are unable to accept Medicare. If you are located outside of Montana (or are seeking short-term hypnosis therapy only, for example for smoking cessation alone), a cash rate will be accepted. Rates are $150 per 50-minute session. Cash or check is also accepted, as well as Venmo and PayPal. A sliding fee scale may be available. Let's talk about your options.

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Question: What is EMDR?

Answer: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy practice, grounded in research, for trauma. Alex specializes in trauma and recognizes the impact that these experiences can have on an individual, even years later. EMDR is used to help individuals process traumatic events. EMDR uses eye movements or touches to reprocess traumatic memories, moving them from one part of your brain to your more adaptive part of your brain, where it becomes just a memory. Note that while EMDR can be very helpful with grief, you will not lose the “normal” reaction you feel after. Rather, you will move toward recognizing that it is not happening now, so you can feel freer each day, as it is no longer happening.

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