As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have as much training in diagnosis as an LPC, LCSW, LMHC, and so on. However, LMFT's really don't like diagnosing "problems." Our training is to listen to our client's story, and create a treatment plan for an individual, not a diagnosis. What good does putting a label on my clients do? How does that help? One of the worst things we do to ourselves, or others do to us, is to throw around labels. Damaged. Failure. Ugly. Helpless.
Here's a quick and solid way to learn more about EMDR: www.EMDR.com is the website of the EMDR Institute. There is some great basic information on the homepage, and a whole section with more specific answers. The EMDR Institute is nearly as old as EMDR therapy itself, having been founded by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D--the psychologist who developed EMDR. The Institute is the source for the most trustworthy information on EMDR. It is also the training organization that teaches
Autism is not "cool." You don't want it, you don't want your children to have it. Ask someone with ASD, ask the parent of a child with ASD. But it's the new thing. Those who actually struggle with ASD and manage to adapt to everyday life, to overcome, are heroes who put in superhuman effort, and their stories are belittled and minimized when the diagnosis becomes a fad. Every few years, a diagnosis becomes the new fad. And suddenly it's not a "thing" anymore, except to t