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Ep 19 What to expect in your EMDR therapy sessions



In this episode, Jen explores what might happen in your EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy sessions. Although this will differ with every therapist, Jen’s aim here is to give you an overview of what might happen because sometimes we have scared parts that want to know exactly what we are signing up for. 

Francine Shapiro initially developed EMDR therapy in the eighties to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But now, it is used in various situations like phobias, anxiety issues, stress reduction, pain management, and even dermatological conditions.

In this episode, Jen walks you through the standardised eight-phase treatment process so you can know what to expect in a session. Jen is a licensed clinical psychotherapist, certified EMDR practitioner and energetic healer.



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Shapiro, F. (2017). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy: Basic principles, protocols and procedures. (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.



Aranda, B. D. E., Ronquillo, N. M., & Calvillo, M. E. N. (2015). Neuropsychological and physiological outcomes pre- and post-EMDR therapy for a woman with PTSD: A case study. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 9(4), 174-187.


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De Jongh A, Ten Broeke E, Renssen MR. Treatment of specific phobias with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): Protocol, empirical status, and conceptual issues. J Anxiety Disord. 1999;13:69–85.


Gosselin P, Matthews WJ. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in the treatment of test anxiety: A study of the effects of expectancy and eye movement. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 1995;26:331–7.


Gupta MA, Gupta AK. Use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of dermatological disorders. J Cutan Med Surg. 2002;6:415–21.


Wilensky M. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment for phantom limb pain. J Brief Ther. 2006;5:31–43.


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