Eight Phases of EMDR Treatment
- HISTORY TAKEN: This is your first steps when entering treatment. The history taken can take a couple of sessions to complete. During this stage you and I will be able to identify potential targets that have been source of difficult events in your life. We will develop a treatment plan to identify the targets that will be the main focused during EMDR sessions.
- PREPARATION: Coping skills will be taught to you to use in case there is a high level of disturbance. You will be taught how to get to a SAFE PLACE, USE A CONTAINER and RELAXATION, STRESS REDUCTION STRATEGIES and EXERCISES. (These are very important).
- ASSESSMENT: In this phase we will focus on a target, what is the Negative cognition, Positive Cognition, Validity of Positive Cognition (VOC), Subjective Units of Disturbance Scale (SUD) and Physical Sensation
- DESENSITIZATION: You will be asked to focus on the image/target, the negative cognition and notice where you feel it in your body as the therapist uses BILATERAL STIMULATION. The goal here is to get your SUD down to a 0. This can take 30 minutes or longer.
- INSTALLATION: You will be asked to link the desired positive cognition with the original memory/incident. When the VOC is 7 you will move on to phase six.
- BODY SCAN: You will be asked to close your eyes keep in mind the original memory and the positive cognition. You will begin from your head and scan different parts of your body. To see if there are blockage or tensions.
- CLOSURE: You will be asked to keep a journal to document any disturbances and use your safe place and container.
- REEVALUATION: In your next session you will be asked about the work that has been completed and the progress from the last session.
This is a summary of what a typical session looks like. For more information on EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION and REPROCESSING go to www.emdr.com