EMDR therapy for trauma

EMDR therapy has been shown to successfully solve trauma related issues in patients.

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EMDR therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing



EMDR uses the method of bilateral stimulation to turn the negative views of the past into positive ones,.

Advantages of EMDR therapy

There are many advantages of opting for EMDR therapy



If EMDR therapy is successful:

  • the distress of the past trauma is relieved
  • the negative beliefs reformulate
  • physiological effects like panic attacks, rapid breathing, etc., reduce.

Stages of EMDR therapy

EMDR therapy works by 8 phases



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1: History recording

The therapist discusses the past memories and traumatic events



The therapist will take the complete history of the traumatic event/events. He will then conduct appropriate assessments to identify the specific memory targets for the treatment process.

2: preparation

The therapist explains the treatment procedure



The therapist introduces the patient to different accessory procedures to be utilized in the therapeutic process. The therapist will explain and teach bilateral stimulation too.

3. Assesssment

The patient focuses on the memory. Therapist assesses different components.



The following memory components are assessed:


  • Cognition
  • Body sensation
  • Image
  • How the memory affects the patient


During this phase, the therapist will also conduct two psychological measurements. These are:

  • Validity of cognition [VOC] scale
  • Subjective units of disturbance [SUD] scale

4: Desensitization

Bilateral stimulation is used while the patient focuses on the past memory.



During this phase, the patient will report whatever new thoughts may appear regarding the incident. The primary objective of this phase is to enable the patient to stop seeing the traumatic memory as distressing.

5. Installation

Strengthening of positive cognitions



Different relaxation and bilateral stimulation techniques are used to strengthen the positive techniques.

6. Body Scan

Sixth phase of the treatment process.



During this phase, the therapist asks the patient to be mindful of the bodily sensations when the patient focuses on the past trauma.

7. Closure

Closure ends the therapeutic session



The therapist provides techniques, instructions and actionable steps that can be taken if the past trauma resurfaces

8. Re-evaluation

Final phase of EMDR



The therapist will use the different psychological tests to measure the patient’s responsiveness. The therapist identifies if more therapy is needed.

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