Didi and everybody,
As I stated, EMDR was tremendously beneficial for me.
The sessions brought me emotionally right into the extremely painful abuse I had experienced. It was like a flashback X 100. But I don't say this to discourage anybody. The EMDR sessions brought lasting relief from those haunting memories in the back of my mind and the flashbacks and troublesome emotions they produced.
But the relief was permanent. Flashbacks come and come and come and come. EMDR was painful but it was a permanent fix. It stopped the flashbacks plus the elusive ghost-like emotions that crop up unexpectedly. I still needed talk therapy because I had to orient my thinking afterwards.
I might "watch-it" for little children. I don't know what their reaction might be. At least they should be watched very carefully during EMDR.