At Divinity Recovery, Inc., we offer EMDR as a form of psychotherapy to our clients. EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, was originally created to alleviate the distress that goes along with traumatic memories.
What is EMDR?
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. It involves attention to three periods of time: the past, present, and future. The first phase of EMDR is a history-taking session(s). This is where the client’s willingness to learn and work will be established, and a treatment plan will be created. The second phase of EMDR includes the therapist ensuring that the client has several different emotional distress tolerating skills. One of the goals of EMDR therapy is to create rapid and effective change while the client remains stable during and between sessions.
Phases three through six is where a target will be identified and processed using EMDR therapy procedures. The client will identify three things: a clear visual image associated with the memory, a negative belief about themself, and related emotions and body sensations. The client will also identify a positive belief. The therapist will then help the client rate the positive belief and the intensity of the negative emotions. Then, the client will focus on the image, negative though, and body sensations, all while engaging in EMDR processing. After each set, the client is to let their mind go blank and take notice to anything that comes to mind. This will tell the therapist what to focus on next. When the client notices no distress related to the targeted memory, they are asked to think of the establishes positive belief. The process repeats.
Phase seven, known as closure, is where the client will keep a log throughout the week. This log will contain anything related to the EMDR therapy process that may come up. It acts as a reminder to the client of the self-calming activities that were gone over in phase two.
Finally, in phase eight of EMDR therapy, examination of the progress made throughout the sessions will be performed. EMDR therapy goes over all related past events, current distress eliciting incidents, and future events that will require different responses.
Divinity Recovery has licensed staff and fully state of the art facilities for EMDR therapy. We have decades of experience between our therapists and our on-staff providers. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of care for every client. We pride ourselves in providing certified, caring, and confidential EMDR.
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