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During EMDR therapy, the therapist asks the client to think of a specific distressing memory and then to focus on the therapist’s moving hand. The eye movement focuses a patient’s attention on external stimulation while he or she internally focuses on the distressing memory. Therapists usually direct eye movements. Treatment usually takes about 12 separate sessions.
EMDR therapy occurs in eight phases. During treatment sessions, the therapist helps the patient overcome negative memories associated with the traumatic event, cope with everyday triggers and develop lifelong stress-management skills. Thus, EMDR therapy helps patients overcome past trauma, learn to handle daily life and prepare for the future
After EMDR therapy, some patients report feeling relieved. They may stop experiencing flashbacks from triggers and recall memories with less stress or unease. Clients may be asked to think of empowering phrases, so they can develop healthy associations with the memory when it’s accessed.
The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviours and interactions.