So often when something troubles us, we shove it aside and keep pushing forward. A broken heart, dissatisfaction with a job, stress from any source, anger, fear, all those emotions just get pushed into a corner together. We tell ourselves we’ll deal with it later and focus on things we feel have to be done.… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Recognize what hurts
In a CBT session the focus is on a target area. How a patient thinks, feels, and reacts to a situation or thought is causing problems in their life. There may be multiple target areas, but usually only one is addressed in each session. The first step in CBT is to address core beliefs about… Read More Therapy Tuesday: CBT – Core Beliefs
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