I second Dr. Inobe's comments here, and I would add that the problem of pushy therapists is not intrinsic to EMDR. A client should NOT be getting pressured or pushed into agreeing with the therapist or going along with an intervention. It's the essence of informed consent (a basic principle of health care ethics) that the client has the right to say no to any intervention, and that the therapist should not press the client into continuing. ("pressing" does not refer to asking the client "why not?", which many therapists will ask in order to understand the client's reasoning process and emotional state).
Furthermore, the standard EMDR protocols incorporate the need for informed consent by explicitly telling the client to raise the hand as a STOP signal.
Peter M. Barach, Ph.D. (EMDR Level 2)
Past President, International Society for the Study of Dissociation
Parma Heights, OH
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