As an EMDR CIT, I say this alllll the time: 𝗗𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗺𝗽 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴!!
Resourcing (Phase 2) is a huuuuuge part of the 8 phase EMDR Process. Skipping over it too quickly can lead to increase risk of abreactions, increased risk of dissociation during processing and ineffective treatment. Especially in cases of complex trauma.
Some of my favorite resourcing exercises I use as an EMDR Therapist to promote stabilization include:
1. Calm Place
2. Inner Advisor
3. The Light Stream
5. Imaginal Nurturing (Aprile Steele's scripts that promote the ability to nurture and develop a secure self, especially in cases of developemental trauma.)
About the Author
Dana Carretta-Stein is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and founder of Peaceful Living Mental Health Counseling, PLLC, and Carretta Consulting in Scarsdale, NY. She specializes in clinical psychotherapy to treat children, adolescentsand adults with anxiety, behavior and trauma difficulties.
She is a certified EMDR therapist, consultant in training, and Regional Coordinator of the Westchester EMDR Regional Network. Dana is also a business coach for wellness practitioners who are looking to build and grow their private practice.