The 8 Phases Of EMDR Therapy

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The 8 Phases Of EMDR Therapy

Phase 1: History taking (assessment of readiness).

Phase 2: Incorporates learning and practicing of distress tolerance skills (coping skills) to control intense emotions that are coming up in and outside of session while receiving EMDR therapy.

Phases 3-6: Includes the following components: identifying the target(s) for processing, describing a visual image that represents the specific event, stating a negative believe connected to the event, identifying related emotions and body sensations, finding a positive thought to connect with the event and rating the current emotions plus feelings of truth of the positive thought. The goal of phases 3-6 is to decrease the intense negative emotions and body sensations through bilateral stimulations while holding the image and target in mind plus installing the positive thought.

Phase 7: The closure stage by helping the client calm down and applying self-soothing strategies. Furthermore, the client will be instructed on using a personal journal to keep track of new material that may arise outside of session.

Phase 8: This phase is usually at the beginning of the following session, presents an evaluation of the previous week"s process and possible identifying of new materials that have to be addressed.

Quoted From: https://www.jocelynfitzgerald.com/emdr/

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