What Exactly Is EMDR? Phase 2

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In phase two, let the resourcing begin. I love this phase for many reasons, but one is because for many it’s the first ever opportunity to learn coping skills and tools needed for improved functioning. Relief happens here. For some this looks like improving relaxation skills and for others it’s talking about developing radical self safe practice. This phase is also about developing the therapeutic relationship and strengthening the bond. ⁣⁣
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This phase can last one session but more often than not it looks like a few sessions to develop skills required to better function day-to-day and in turn feel better prepared to process what has been stuck. This is also where I get to provide interventions from various treatment modalities and match it to what the person in front of me is needing and asking for. ⁣⁣
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EMDRIA describes....⁣⁣
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”During the Preparation Phase, the therapist will explain the theory of EMDR, how it is done, and what the person can expect during and after treatment. Finally, the therapist will teach the client a variety of relaxation techniques for calming him or herself in the face of any emotional disturbance that may arise during or after a session. Learning these tools is an important aid for anyone. The happiest people on the planet have ways of relaxing themselves and decompressing from life's inevitable, and often unsuspected, stress. One goal of EMDR therapy is to make sure that the client can take care of him or herself.⁣⁣”
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