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FAQs

Find answers to general questions about therapy & EMDR below!

GENERAL FAQs

How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?

Great question. The therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance and research confirms that the strength of the relationship impacts treatment outcomes. Each therapist at Bloom offers a consultation to help us determine whether the relationship seems like a good fit. However, if after the consultation you would like to seek out other options we would be happy to provide you with referrals. 

Do you provide in-person or online counseling?
Currently, due to the pandemic, we are only offering online sessions. In the future, we may offer in-person sessions. Feel free to check in with your therapist periodically to discuss whether in-person sessions are an option.

Is online counseling right for me?
At Bloom, we have found that most of our clients find online counseling convenient and feel comfortable with these services. Nevertheless, if you don’t find this to be the case, we can send you some referrals to therapists who offer in-person sessions. 

Whom do you work with?
At Bloom, we offer services to all walks of life. Each therapist at Bloom works with different populations. See therapist bios for more information. 

What can I expect from therapy?
We are confident to say that each therapist at Bloom is warm, nurturing, and offers a safe space for you to address your needs and goals for treatment. You and your therapist can work together in creating and working toward your goals. 

What happens during the first session?

During the first session, your therapist will gather your history, explain the policies and procedures for our office and will work on understanding your current stressors and challenges. At the end of the session client and therapist can discuss if they would like to work together and if they both feel it is a good fit. All of us at Bloom are committed to providing ethical and effective care. If we feel that another practitioner would be a better fit then we will let you know. 

How long do appointments last?

An intake session, your first session, will be 90 minutes. This will give you plenty of time to discuss your history and current challenges. Following the intake, a session is approximately 50 minutes.

How often will we meet?
It depends. Typically, sessions are initially provided on a weekly basis. If you feel that this is too often or not often enough, please discuss this with your therapist so that you feel your needs are met. 

Do you prescribe medication?
We do not prescribe medication- we can provide you with referrals to practitioners who can offer this service. 

Are there any issues or types of clients that you DON’T work with? 

We do not work with family reunification or custody evaluation. We do not offer forensic psychology or psychological testing.

Is EMDR for me?
EMDR is an approach supporting people in healing from past trauma and negative life experiences.

Sometimes people hear the word trauma and think “well I haven’t been through a traumatic event so EMDR probably isn’t for me”. We understand the word trauma can seem limiting. However, any negative life event(s) has the ability to impact us in a significant way. Thus EMDR is a suitable approach for anyone who has had negative experiences that leave them feeling stuck. EMDR helps them get unstuck and out of old patterns that no longer serve them. The goal in EMDR therapy for the client is to dull or remove negative reactions and intense feelings that come up when the client remembers a bad memory.  

Is EMDR hypnosis?
EMDR is not hypnosis. During hypnosis, a client enters into a trance like state where they are open to suggestion (ex: quitting smoking) by the hypnotherapist. During EMDR, the client is actively participating through the session and aware of the processes happening within the session. EMDR utilizes a technique called bilateral stimulation in order to replicate a REM state in the brain. During the REM state our brain is able to heal. Bilateral stimulation includes: eye movements, tapping, buzzing sounds to activate our brain. By engaging in bilateral stimulation, the brain begins to release emotional experiences that have been stored and trapped in the brain. The unpleasant and distressing memories are reprocessed in the brain thus resulting in painful feelings/thoughts being replaced by more adaptive and peaceful feelings. 

EMDR FAQs