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EMDR Resourcing Session

Updated: May 4, 2023

Are you considering an EMDR Resourcing session? Congratulations! You're taking an important step towards healing and growth. But what exactly is an EMDR Resourcing session? And what can you expect from it? Don't worry, my friend, I've got you covered. First things first, what the heck is EMDR Resourcing? Well, it's a fancy way of saying that you're going to focus on building up your inner resources before diving into the heavy stuff. Think of it like packing your emotional backpack with everything you need for the journey ahead. In an EMDR Resourcing session, your therapist will guide you through exercises and techniques designed to help you identify and strengthen your internal resources. These resources can include positive memories, supportive relationships, calming imagery, and coping strategies. By strengthening your resources, you'll be better equipped to handle any emotional challenges that may arise during your EMDR therapy. Now, you might be thinking, "Okay, but what does that actually look like?" Well, it can vary from therapist to therapist, but here are a few examples of what you might expect:


  • Guided imagery: Your therapist might ask you to close your eyes and visualize a peaceful scene, like a beach or a mountain. They'll encourage you to use all your senses to create a vivid mental image.

  • Positive memory recall: Your therapist might ask you to recall a positive memory from your past. They'll encourage you to focus on the sights, sounds, and feelings associated with that memory.

  • Body awareness: Your therapist might guide you through a body scan, asking you to pay attention to different sensations in your body. This can help you become more aware of your physical reactions to stress and learn how to regulate them.

  • Self-compassion: Your therapist might lead you through exercises designed to cultivate self-compassion and self-care. This can involve affirmations, visualizations, and other techniques.


Throughout the session, your therapist will be there to support you and answer any questions you may have. They'll create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore your inner resources and build resilience. So, what's the point of all this? Why spend a whole session just focusing on building up your resources? Well, it's kind of like putting on your oxygen mask before helping others on a plane. You need to take care of yourself first in order to be able to tackle the tough stuff later on. By strengthening your internal resources, you'll be better equipped to handle the emotional challenges that may come up during your EMDR therapy. You'll have a solid foundation to fall back on when things get tough. And, most importantly, you'll learn how to cultivate resilience and self-compassion, which are essential tools for navigating life's ups and downs.

So, there you have it! An EMDR Resourcing session might not feel like it is "fast tracking the healing", but it's an important step toward beginning the EMDR reprocessing and facilitating healing and growth. So go ahead, pack that emotional backpack, and get ready for the journey ahead!


A sample calm visual from the calm place activity.
A Calm Place Visual

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