What to Expect with EMDR Therapy
EMDR therapy involves completing eight phases of treatment that require patients to participate in several sessions. Before you start the EMDR therapy process, your therapist will discuss each step with you in detail.
The first session of EMDR therapy involves reviewing your mental health history to determine how other types of treatments have impacted your symptoms. This session provides your therapist with a foundation in which to create a unique plan for identifying specific memories to target for treatment.
In the third phase of treatment, EMDR therapy guides you through the process of addressing a specific harmful memory such as a constantly intrusive emotion that appears suddenly. The assessment phase also educates your therapist on the extent of your traumatic memories.
Phases four through seven integrate treatment techniques that include desensitization, installation, body scan, and closure. Installation represents the most important stage of treatment, as it helps you replace negative thoughts and emotions with positive thoughts and emotions.
The evaluation phase of treatment provides your therapist with insight into how much progress you have made in addressing negative thoughts and emotions.