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Does anyone have experience with EMDR to treat phobias that are not related to a traumatic incident?
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I did not use EMDR to treat phobias, but I DID use it to treat something that was not a traumatic event -- I used it to deal with recurring anxiety, sadness, and negative thoughts about an emotionally absent father. It worked very well and I highly recommend it even if you are not addressing a specific event.
I just wanted to say that I am currently in CBT treatment for phobias not related to a traumatic incident with Dr Elizabeth McMahon in SF, and after about 6 sessions, I'm seeing marked improvement. One of my phobias was eliminated after only a few sessions. It's not EMDR, but I wanted to pass the info along in case you're open to other modalities.
I'm seen John Bieda, an MFT with offices in Alameda and Concord, for trauma therapy. He uses EMDR for phobias, test anxiety, pain management, and other problems. He is EMDRIA certified. I know he accepts many forms of insurance including Kaiser. He can be reached at (415)254-8203 and bayareatherapygroup.com