When it comes to seeking self-help to support our mental health, the question of whether one needs a psychologist, psychiatrist, counsellor or coach is often the first stumbling block. Read more to find out what would be best for you.
There is no diagnostic criteria for stress alone, so in therapy the causes of stress will always be thoroughly investigated.
If stress is caused by a phobic reaction, loss of self esteem, or by a traumatic event, then EMDR is applied accordingly, whether it is a belief of self, or flashback belief of a trauma, in order to alleviate the stress.
It is upon the first contact where the therapist carries out an initial assessment with you, and the information provided will enable the therapist to establish what is the best way forward to help alleviate your stress symptoms, whether it is CBT or EMDR.
The decision of which treatment to apply to each client is made on an individual basis.
EMDR is different to CBT treatment for stress. Both approaches are evidence-based and both are effective. The main difference, is that in EMDR you would work on removing the emotional effect that causes stress and there is less ‘homework’ or tasks that you are given to do in between sessions, whereas in CBT you would learn new coping skills to alleviate stress but not necessarily focus on the emotional impact directly, that is causing the stress.