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Beyond Reprocessing: Understanding the Importance of EMDR Preparation Phases

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Experience the transformative power of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy at Peaceful Living, where we specialize in trauma-informed care. Discover the essential role of preparation phases in EMDR for laying the foundation of healing and growth.

Understanding the Preparation Phases of EMDR

Before delving into reprocessing, thorough preparation is key. Here's why it matters:

1. Building Safety and Stability: Trauma can shake our sense of security. Our preparation phases focus on teaching coping skills and grounding techniques to establish safety within oneself.

2. Establishing Trust and Rapport: Trust is vital in trauma treatment. Our preparation phases allow clients to develop trust and rapport with their therapist, creating a safe space for healing.

3. Psychoeducation and Skill-Building: Clients gain knowledge about trauma and the EMDR process, alongside practical skills for managing emotions and self-care during therapy.

The Role of Preparation in EMDR

While reprocessing often gets the spotlight, preparation is equally crucial. Here's why:

1. Setting the Stage for Success: A strong foundation of safety and readiness is essential for effective trauma treatment. Preparation ensures clients have the skills and resources needed for successful reprocessing.

2. Increasing Tolerance and Resilience: Trauma work can bring up intense emotions. Preparation phases help clients develop resilience and tolerance for distress, enabling deeper engagement in therapy.

3. Reducing the Risk of Re-traumatization: Inadequate preparation can risk re-traumatizing clients. Our preparation phases equip clients with tools and support to navigate the process safely.

Clients Are Still Engaged in EMDR During Preparation

While not actively reprocessing, clients are deeply involved in the therapeutic process. Every skill learned and moment of connection contributes to their healing journey.


At Peaceful Living, we understand the importance of preparation in EMDR therapy. By prioritizing safety, trust, and skill-building, we empower clients to embark on a journey of healing and transformation. If you're considering EMDR therapy, reach out for a consultation. Your well-being is our priority, and we're here to support you every step of the way.


About our Scarsdale EMDR Therapist Annabella Lipson

Annabella Lipson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Peaceful Living Mental Health Counseling in Scarsdale, NY.


She enjoys working with young adults & adults who are dealing with grief, constant sadness, anxiety, PTSD and other heavy emotions that make it difficult to enjoy the present moment. 


Annabella has an innate ability to make her clients feel comforted and cared for as they confront their grief and loss.  She incorporates a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR Therapy, Ego-state Interventions and Mindfulness practices in her counseling sessions.


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