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WHAT IS EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO
EMDR THERAPY

A BRIEF OVERVIEW
OF THE EIGHT
PHASES OF EMDR

Phase 1

History Taking & Treatment Planning

Phase 2

Preparation

Therapist and client take some time to build trust and get to know one another. This part includes talking about family history, past and current symptoms, and attempted solutions.

EMDR activates past trauma in a controlled and safe environment to reprocess them in a new light. It’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you are prepared to revisit and desensitize past traumatic events. This phase involves the teaching and practice of techniques that help the client stay calm and grounded during activation.

Phase 3

Assessment

Phase 3 involves mapping out both the negative and positive neural networks and their associated core beliefs. Therapist and client work together as architects constructing a more beneficial mind and body system.

Phase 4

Desensitization

A form of bilateral stimulation will be utilized to help reduce the levels of traumatic response associated with the selected traumatic material. I’ll help guide you to integration of newer, more positive belief systems.

Phase 5

Installation

A form of bilateral stimulation will be used to install more positive beliefs systems into the core of your internal cognitive-emotional narrative.

Phase 6

Body Scan

Peer-reviewed evidence and studies indicate that the trauma narrative is stored in the body. Pick up The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk for a detailed scientific account. It’s important to process the body’s response during this phase.

Phase 7

Closure

Debrief of the session is important to ensure re-grounding. Some additional relaxation methods may be used here.

Phase 8

Re-Evaluation

After a period of 6-12 weeks. We will work together to determine if more EMDR is necessary. You may feel an increased sense of confidence, joy, calm, and serenity.

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