Over on Twitter I ran into Kasey, who is training to become an EMDR therapist. I thought it’d be a great wrap-up to hear from someone on the other side of the therapy session. (Even in training, there’s a ton of insight and such). She was nice enough to agree, so please, do give her… Read More Therapy Tuesday: EMDR Guest Blog: Kasey Klein
I’ll be sharing a guest post about EMDR next week. I don’t want to move on to the next topic until this one is wrapped up, though. The next topic will be behavioral therapy, followed by CBT, and then a loop back to DBT based on my own insights and experiences. Do something nice for… Read More Therapy Tuesday: EMDR pause
Having given you an idea of what it looks like to have EMDR therapy, and what the research shows about how it works, I thought it’d be helpful if I describe my own experience with an EMDR session. I know not all therapists are created equal, but the sessions will likely be similar.
EMDR uses bi-lateral stimulation to force the brain to process events from the past. Once processed, those events become less disruptive.
EMDR therapy has 8 phases. Generally speaking, things can be resolved in as few as 6 sessions. Deeper work can be completed with more, of course. (I went to the deeper work after I realized how effective it was.) The phases of EMDR are: history taking client preparation assessment desensitization installation body scan closure examining… Read More Therapy Tuesday: EMDR – Phases of treatment
EMDR therapy started in 1987 with Francine Shapiro. She observed a shift in reaction to distressing memories when certain eye movements were used. From there she developed what we know today as EMDR. (Again, EMDR is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.) The first thing she was able to prove about this process was that while… Read More Therapy Tuesday: EMDR – The Origins
I almost feel I should offer an apology before each post in this series. I am very biased in favor of EMDR therapy. DBT was what saved me in my 20’s and made me functional enough to survive raising kids. Not worthless at all. A few years ago an event set off the PTSD so… Read More Therapy Tuesday: EMDR