How long should it take to Complete a phase 3 Assessment?

How long should it take to complete a Phase 3 Assesment?

Confession time… For many years I misunderstood the whole point of completing a phase 3 assessment with my clients. I saw it as a tick box exercise. I thought that I had to get it perfectly right before I could proceed to the really important work of processing the trauma memory. Sometimes in my early work, I would take a full session doing this assessment!! You might want to hear more about the realisation I Read more…

Getting the most out of EMDR supervision

4 tips to get the most out of your EMDR Supervision.

If you want to think how you can get the most out of your EMDR supervision sessions, please read ahead.  When I think about me receiving supervision there are 2 main things that I want from it. I want to feel contained, supported, that it is safe to be vulnerable and talk through difficulties. After supervision I want to have some ideas of what I can do to help and serve people better. I would Read more…

Recognising and working with Abreactions in EMDR.

In this blog post I will look at what an abreaction is. I will explore how it fits into our work as therapists and how we can work with that abreaction. If that sounds like it may be interesting to you, please do read on. What is an abreaction? Abreaction is a term that has it’s origination in Psychoanalysis. The Collins dictionary defines in as “the release and expression of emotional tension associated with repressed Read more…

Do we always process the earliest memory first in EMDR?

This question gets discussed time and time again in my supervision sessions. It’s something that causes a lot of confusion. Many therapists believe that we have to go back to the clients earliest difficult memory. If you are interested in thinking more about this then please do read on. It gets confusing because in the EMDR community we use so many different words to describe the memories. We use feeder memories, touchstone memories or the Read more…

When should we use Cognitive Interweaves in EMDR therapy?

I’s hard to spot those moments in our therapy sessions when we might what to think about using a cognitive interweave. These are used to help our clients move on with their processing. So in this blog we think about when to use interweaves and why we might use them. Read on if that’s the info that you are looking for.  Firstly, let’s remind ourselves what an interweave is. What is an cognitive interweave? Francine Read more…

How to get the positive cognition up to 7

Phase 5 in the standard treatment protocol is looking at installing the positive cognition. So after the trauma memory has been processed and worked through, we can proceed to focus on the most positive thing the person can say about themselves when they think of the trauma they experienced. In the standard protocol we ask the client to hold together the trauma memory, the words from the positive cognition and rate how true they feel Read more…

How do you become an accredited EMDR Practitioner?

Have you completed your EMDR training, loved the training and know that you want to develop further in the model? Maybe you did the training a while back and you are just starting to think about how you move towards accreditation. Maybe you just feel completely overwhelmed by not knowing what is expected of you, the paperwork involved or the prospect of having to record sessions. Read on to find some simple things you can Read more…

Is attending EMDR refresher training worthwhile?

Did you finish your EMDR training and think, right I’m good to go, let’s get putting this knowledge into practice. Or maybe you completed yet still felt confused about certain parts of the model. There’s a lot to learn in a short amount of time! Maybe it actually felt simple yet something stopped you continuing with the model. Maybe it’s the complex clients that we find ourselves working with! Looking back on my EMDR journey Read more…