The EMDR Therapy Treatment Experience
In contrast to many other psychological therapies, with EMDR Therapy “processing” does not mean talking about it. “Processing” means allowing experiences that are causing problems to be re-examined and stored appropriately in your brain. Therefore, what is useful to you from an experience will be learned and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain. This information will then be able to guide you in positive ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded. Current negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences. The goal of EMDR Therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.
To begin EMDR Therapy processing, the client is asked to focus on specific unresolved material in the forms of disturbing images, sensations, emotions and beliefs about the self. Using the eye movements or other modes, the therapist helps the client to move through this initial material toward less disturbing and intrusive memories and more positive beliefs, e.g. “I did the best I could under the circumstances.” The client reports levels of disturbance and belief at both the beginning as well as the end of each session, so that both therapist and client can see how the process is going.