During the first phase of EMDR, the therapist reviews the client's history to determine the current situation and plan the treatment accordingly. Analysis of dysfunctional behaviors, causes, and symptoms helps decide the suitable target for therapy.Talk to Us
During the preparation phase, the therapist and client work towards building a therapeutic relationship. The therapist would explain to their client the active processing of trauma and try to set reasonable expectations.Talk to Us
During the assessment phase, the EMDR therapist helps target memories contributing to the difficulties. The client may be asked to recognize the most salient images about the memory and jointly work towards eliciting those negative beliefs.Talk to Us
During the desensitization phase, the client's disturbing memory is evaluated to help the sensory experiences. This continues until the traumatic memory is no longer triggering for the client.Talk to Us
During the installation phase, the therapist aims to increase the depth of positive cognition.Talk to Us
The body scan phase involves evaluating the somatic responses to understand if the client is still experiencing residual trauma.Talk to Us
“Once you start making the effort to ‘wake yourself up’ – that is more mindful of your daily activities – you suddenly start appreciating your life more.”
– Robert Biswas-Diener
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EMDR therapy, also known as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, is a form of mental health care treatment. After a successful course of EMDR therapy, physiological arousal is decreased, negative beliefs are reformed, and emotional suffering is alleviated. In simple terms, your recovery from trauma or other upsetting life events is the ultimate aim of EMDR therapy.
So how does it work? In EMDR therapy, the patient is exposed to emotionally upsetting information in brief, successive doses while also concentrating on an outside stimulus. Directed eye movements by the therapist are the most frequently employed external stimulus, but many additional stimuli, such as hand tapping and audio stimulation, are frequently used.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is the condition for which EMDR therapy is most frequently used (PTSD). The following conditions are also treated with it by mental healthcare professionals: Disorders of anxiety: Panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.
In the majority of clients who had eye movement desensitization and reprocessing or EMDR therapy treatment, they discovered a reduction in panic symptoms and anticipatory anxiety.
Although every person's response to EMDR therapy is unique, a typical session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. It can take anything from three to twelve sessions to fully rewire your brain and get to the root of a painful memory.
For those who don't know, EMDR therapy is basically an 8 phase treatment plan. The eight phases of this treatment are as follows:
Reevaluation of Treatment Effect
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