The Phases of EMDR Treatment in San Diego
When you begin treatment at our EMDR center in San Diego, you will have one or two sessions a week, beginning with the history-taking phase.
After our assessment, we will work with you to put together a treatment plan as well as goals. During this phase, we will speak about your history, what symptoms you experience, and what triggers you have. At this phase, we can determine whether EMDR is a good option for you.
During the preparation phase, our eye movement desensitization specialists will explain how EMDR works. We can also offer coping mechanisms that can help you manage the symptoms of trauma while you receive treatment so that you do not turn to self-harm or substance abuse. These can include breathing exercises and more.
This phase allows us to pinpoint the memory you want to process. We will assess cognition, imagery, affect, and body sensations related to the memory using diagnostic scales. We can then use these results as your starting point.
Desensitization and Reprocessing
During this phase, our specialists will encourage you to activate the memory by helping you identify and focus on a negative feeling, thought, or body sensation. They will also guide you in the eye movements you need to make.
We will then focus on the positive belief you want to build as you process the memory.
Our San Diego EMDR specialists will then focus on how you feel, especially if you experience any of the usual symptoms you associate with the memory. It helps us identify the progress you make throughout the sessions. As treatment progresses, you should experience fewer symptoms.
Closure and Stabilization
At this phase of treatment, we help you learn how to stabilize yourself between sessions. Our specialists will not end a session until you feel safe and calm.
Reevaluation and Continuing Care
Reevaluation and continued care allow us to go over your progress with you, helping us determine whether you will need additional treatment sessions or if you want to adjust your goals. We can also help you explore what you may expect to experience in the future.