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8 PHASES OF EMDR

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1: History-Taking

Sharing about the memories to process, as well as the thoughts and feelings they bring up. This typically will not require explicit or extensive details.

2: Resourcing (building skills for emotion regulation and resilience)

This phase helps to feel more grounded before addressing the distressing memories. Building resources allow for easier coping of intense material.

3-6: Reprocessing and Desensitization

You'll begin by focusing on the experience you want to resolve and rating the intensity of your emotional reaction to it. You'll also likely pick a positive belief that you'd like to work toward internalizing. Then, your therapist will guide you through the bilateral stimulation as you continue focusing on the trauma. Your job is to simply notice what happens to your thoughts, feelings, and somatic senses as you follow the therapist's guidance. You'll repeat versions of this process until you no longer experience distress when contemplating the trauma and can effortlessly focus on the desired belief.

7-8: Tracking Between Sessions & Assessing Progress

Most sessions will end with a discussion of your experience, and many practitioners will also ask you to keep track of your related thoughts and feelings between sessions in order to track your progress and guide your work in sessions.

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