Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is used to help people process and heal from difficult situations they have endured in their life. In 8 sessions of EMDR, you can expect to get relief from your current distressing symptoms. During these appointments you are starting a new and powerful journey to heal and make peace with memories from your past, situations in your present, and fears about the future.
This is what the first 8 sessions of EMDR will typically look like:
Sessions 1-2: Meeting your therapist, building a professional relationship, discussing important events in your story, and going over presenting problems (the ‘thing’ that brought you to EMDR therapy). Your goals for treatment are discussed and established during these sessions. You also have the opportunity to build a relationship with your therapist and decide if they are a good fit for you.
Sessions 3-4: Your therapist will talk to you about how you are currently coping with your stressors and teach you new awesome skills and techniques, specific to EMDR. These new skills will aim to complement the skills you already have to combat potential negative thinking, symptoms of distress, intrusive memories, and any other emotional disturbances. These sessions are important because once you get to the desensitization phase it can be an intense experience.
Sessions 5-8: If you feel comfortable with the number of skills you have learned, you can move on to “target sequence planning” and desensitization. During this process, your therapist will assist you with mapping out situations or events causing your current distress. You will be able to identify negative cognitions/belief systems you have. Once you’ve got a plan and feel good about your skills your therapist will lead you through reprocessing and desensitization! After these sessions are when client typically reports that they ‘feel better’ or are ‘less bothered’ and may even see changes in the way they are reacting.
Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, or painful memories from your past, EMDR therapy may be a good option for easing that discomfort. CFC Therapy Group offers EMDR therapy and has immediate in-person and virtual openings as of now (June 2022)! Please feel free to give us a call or send us an email to inquire.