What is the actual EMDR session like?

During EMDR, the therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session. The client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently heald about the event.

The therapist faciliates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain, while the client focuses on the distrubing material, and the client just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control the direction or content.

Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences or values. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less distrubing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one's self; for example, "I did the best I could."

During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.

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