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EMDR (eye-movement desensitization reprocessing)
EMDR is a popular and highly effective, evidenced based treatment for trauma.
Standard EMDR 1:1 Session
During a standard, 50-minute, 1:1 EMDR session, I follow the standard 8-phase EMDR Protocol which begins with getting to know you and establishing a trauma timeline. Next, we spend multiple sessions doing resourcing, in the form of breathing techniques, grounding techniques, and guided imagery. This ensures that you have the skills necessary to self-sooth during reprocessing and outside session. Next, we discuss targets and what we will be working on. Any recent dreams, flashbacks, or triggers would be great to start with. I use these things to link to an earlier memory that we will use EMDR to reprocess. The actual reprocessing phase includes using bilateral eye-movements or bilateral tapping to reprocess the memory. What occurs is desensitization to the memory itself, changing of the negative belief about yourself linked to that memory, and clearing the body of trauma associated with that memory. This process unfolds over many sessions and take weeks, months, or years to fully clear depending on the nature and severity of the trauma.
EMDR works to reprocess traumatic memories.
Thereby desensitizing trauma triggers and changing negative beliefs.
An EMDR Intensive would follow the same protocol as a standard EMDR session, but EMDR intensives vary in length from 2-4 hours and can be the equivalent of weeks even months of therapy. During an EMDR intensive, the process is uninterrupted and therefore allows more opportunity to accelerate reprocessing of the target.
One EMDR Intensive can be the equivalent of weeks, even months of therapy.