When you start Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, the first session or two is typically dedicated to building rapport between you and your therapist.
Your therapist will ask questions about yourself and your experiences, as well as have you fill out paperwork in order to gain an understanding of your current mental health condition(s).
Once the paperwork is complete and your therapist has a good understanding of what you are going through, they will explain the EMDR process in more detail. They may also suggest creating a plan to work on specific areas that you would like to improve upon.
During an EMDR session, your therapist will ask you to recall a difficult experience while engaging in bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or hand tapping. As you talk about the experience and engage in bilateral stimulation, your therapist will observe any changes that occur.
At the end of the session, your therapist will provide feedback and suggest ways to move forward with the process. With continued sessions, you should start to feel more at ease talking about difficult experiences, and gain a greater sense of control over how your mind processes them. EMDR can be an effective tool for managing difficult emotions, healing from traumatic events, and improving quality of life.
If you think EMDR therapy might be right for you, reach out to a qualified mental health provider to discuss the process further. With patience and dedication, EMDR can help you to create lasting change in your life.