Post-EMDR Processing

Wendell_R

MyPTSD Pro
Has anyone else gone through something similar? If so, how did it resolve? How did you articulate your concerns to your therapist?

And for those who mention you spent a lot of time on resourcing, exactly how long? Multiple entire BLS sessions? Or 10-15min at beginning of BLS session, or just 5 min of tapping in resources daily by yourself at home?
EMDR was overwhelming to my younger parts initially. Not doing the trauma work--we didn't even get close to that. Just experiencing the alternating taps and sounds brought up terrors of being hit relentlessly. Same experience with doing leg taps at home. Initially, that was fine, but then horrible flashbacks came up. So, we went really slowly, taking a whole summer to get used to the EMDR apparatus bit by bit. Then, multiple short sessions of just resourcing.

My therapist talked about the window of tolerance and brought that up afterward, so it was fairly easy to get used to saying, "last week's session was too much," or "the last session was just about right".

EMDR is a lot easier now for me. We still do a lot of resourcing. If I come in with a peaceful idea or image, we'll take a few minutes to "tap that in." And when we process trauma by EMDR, we usually end in a safe and loving place, bringing up those resources again at the end.
 

Seonaidh

New Here
EMDR was overwhelming to my younger parts initially. Not doing the trauma work--we didn't even get close to that. Just experiencing the alternating taps and sounds brought up terrors of being hit relentlessly. Same experience with doing leg taps at home. Initially, that was fine, but then horrible flashbacks came up. So, we went really slowly, taking a whole summer to get used to the EMDR apparatus bit by bit. Then, multiple short sessions of just resourcing.

My therapist talked about the window of tolerance and brought that up afterward, so it was fairly easy to get used to saying, "last week's session was too much," or "the last session was just about right".

EMDR is a lot easier now for me. We still do a lot of resourcing. If I come in with a peaceful idea or image, we'll take a few minutes to "tap that in." And when we process trauma by EMDR, we usually end in a safe and loving place, bringing up those resources again at the end.
Thank you, Wendell. The window of tolerance is something I wasn't familiar with, and learning about the concept is helpful.
 
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Lynsey1984

Hello, I just started virtual emdr aand didn’t feel very
Connected to my therapist, but she is one of the only ones in my area that I can access. It’s going ok I guess- remembering things around the trauma. I also have a list of different traumas and I’m not sure why we are so focused on this particular one (I’d rated it an 8 in an early session but only because the week I was rating it a similar event occurred that triggered the memories of it.) i felt completely spaced out after the session like I wasn’t in the room and the day after I was sooo tired and literally couldn’t get out of bed. But I have been struggling with this anyway recently. I’m just so tired of the patterns of depression and hoped EDMR would help alleviate it but it’s prolonging it in a way. I will talk to my therapist about this but she knows I am quite analytical and want to rationalise things but in her words this process can’t be rationalised. I’m not sure we do enough talking and safety stuff after the tapping. It is comforting to know I’m not the only one who feels like this. I’ve read it gets worse before it gets better and you should be in the best possible state you are capable of before doing it. For me this means mediation yoga and no alcohol 48hoirs before or after. I have also been following the work of the holistic psychologist and an in her self healers group which is very helpful.
 
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