The first phase is a session (s) that takes history. The therapist evaluates the client's readiness and develops a treatment plan. The client and therapist identify potential targets for EMDR processing. These include distressing memories and current situations that cause emotional distress.
Other objectives may include related incidents in the past. Not only does the EMDR process involve eye movements, it is a carefully planned 8-step process, which includes creating a customer history to identify specific memories and beliefs to target. Using the eight-phase step-by-step approach allows the experienced and trained EMDR therapist to maximize the effects of treatment for the client in a logical and standardized manner.