Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Patients

1663 WordsJan 26, 20187 Pages
The first stage of treatment focuses on obtaining background information from the client. The clinician will often explore past events that are related to the current problem, as well as present situations that trigger the current problem. This is particularly important in finding the origins of the trauma that may be hidden or masked. After all necessary information is gathered, the clinician will take what was learned and translate it into positive future goals for the client to achieve through treatment. Stage two, labeled the preparation phase, consists of the clinician preparing the client for the processing of disturbing memories through various means. A therapeutic relationship between clinician and client is established by educating the client about the problems they are having and by explaining the process of EMDR. In addition, the clinician teaches the client a series of self-calming techniques that help clients maintain “dual awareness” during the following stages. Once a relationship is established and the client has been taught self-calming techniques, the assessment stage begins. During the assessment phase, the clinician helps the client identify the details of the traumatic memory. However, not only is the memory recalled, but the negative cognition that is associated with it, the desired positive cognition that the client wishes to gain, as well as physical and emotional sensation are acknowledged. In addition, the clinician gathers various baseline
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