EMDR has been accepted as an effective form of treatment by several major health organizations including the World Health Organization (2013), the American Psychiatric Association (2004), and the U.S. Department of Defense (2017). EMDR has no known harmful side effects, but it may cause some temporary discomfort or emotional distress during or after the sessions. This is normal and expected, as it indicates that the memory is being processed and resolved. The therapist will monitor the client’s reactions and provide support and guidance throughout the process. The therapist will also teach the client some coping skills and self-care strategies to help them manage any distress between sessions.