EMDR therapy is a unique and powerful treatment approach that works by helping you process and resolve painful or traumatic experiences. The goal of EMDR therapy is to help you reprocess these experiences in a safe and controlled environment, so that they can be integrated into the past and no longer have a negative impact on the present or future.
During an EMDR session, I will guide you through a series of bilateral stimulation techniques, which can include eye movements, tapping, or sounds. These techniques help to stimulate both sides of the brain, allowing you to access and process traumatic memories or negative beliefs in a new and more adaptive way.
The EMDR process typically involves 4 phases, which are designed to help you identify and process the root causes of your distress. These phases include:
- History and treatment planning:
I will gather information about your history and symptoms, and work with you to develop a treatment plan.
You will learn various relaxation techniques and coping skills that will help you manage the intense emotions that may arise during the EMDR process.
- EMDR session:
I will work with you to identify the specific memories or beliefs that are causing distress. Through a series of bilateral stimulation techniques, you will reprocess the memory in a new and more adaptive way. I will help you strengthen positive beliefs and emotions to replace the negative ones, as well as help you release any remaining physical sensations or tension related to the traumatic memory.
After the session, I will evaluate the progress made during the EMDR session and work with you to determine any additional steps that may be needed.
It’s important to note that the number of EMDR sessions required can vary depending on the the nature of your distress. Some clients may see significant improvement after just one session, while others may require several sessions to fully process and resolve their trauma or negative beliefs. I will work with you to determine the appropriate number of sessions based on your individual needs and goals.
Overall, EMDR therapy is a highly effective and evidence-based treatment approach that can help you process and overcome trauma, anxiety, depression, phobias, and other mental health issues. If you’re interested in learning more about how EMDR therapy can help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.