Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has emerged as a powerful therapeutic tool for healing trauma. EMDR is commonly associated with processing distressing memories, but it is much more than that. EMDR resourcing, a crucial phase in the EMDR therapy process, plays a transformative role in fostering strength and resilience. EMDR resourcing empowers you in therapy and in your daily life.
EMDR resourcing is the preparatory phase of EMDR that precedes the reprocessing of traumatic memories. In this stage, we work with you to identify and cultivate internal and external resources that can provide support and resilience during challenging times. These resources act as a foundation, allowing you to navigate working on trauma with a greater sense of empowerment. But, you can use these resources in your everyday life to take control of your symptoms and feel more grounded.
Building Internal Resources:
One of the key aspects of EMDR resourcing involves identifying and strengthening internal resources. This includes exploring positive memories, skills, and attributes that can serve as a source of strength. By focusing on these internal resources, you develop a more robust sense of self, enhancing your ability to cope. This is different than just “talking” about the internal strengths you have. You actually feel stronger and find it easier to access this strength day to day.
Cultivating Coping Strategies:
EMDR resourcing also emphasizes the development of effective coping strategies to manage distress. We collaborate to identify healthy coping mechanisms that can be employed when faced with overwhelming emotions. This not only equips you with practical tools but also instills a sense of agency and control over your emotional well-being. Once again, we are not just discussing it, but rather having experiences that you actually feel the power of these strategies.
Creating Support Networks:
EMDR resourcing involves recognizing or creating resources in your real life. This may include friends, family members, community, nature, pets or support groups. Establishing a reliable support network contributes to a sense of belonging and strengthens your ability to face and overcome challenges.
Enhancing Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion:
EMDR resourcing encourages the exploration of self-esteem and self-compassion as foundational elements in the healing process. By recognizing and reinforcing positive beliefs about yourself, you can counteract negative self-perceptions that may arise during trauma processing. This shift in perspective fosters a more resilient mindset.
Even if you do not feel ready to “face your trauma” with EMDR, you can still work with an EMDR therapist to begin resourcing. A good EMDR therapist understands that trauma is not just about “the memory”, but rather how we had to navigate through trauma and cope with it after the fact. A good EMDR therapist will take time to build these resources, and will never push you to work faster than you want.
Please reach out so we can answer any questions you have about starting this journey.
Call Kelly anytime at (314) 643-8224.