We held the first session of actual EMDR processing and Nurse Rosalyn wrote up the narrative below. I am grateful to all participants, many showed great bravery in their ability to participate in the group therapy and to deal with their strong negative emotions that rose up. Overall, the evening was successful and many people showed significant reduction of disturbance. Two participants were able to complete processing of their particular disturbing target memory and add to that memory a new positive thought about themselves.
EMDR Session One Narrative
Dr. Dixon started the session by educating participants on utilizing the EMDR worksheet and identifying a target memory to start on. Dr. Dixon answered all questions and led participants through determining treatment goals, rating Subjective Unit of Distress (SUD), identifying emotions needing processing, identifying the body location of disturbed felling and developing a negative and positive cognition. Dr. Dixon then went through multiple passes of EMDR with eye movements while talking participants through their emotions and guiding them through each pass of treatment. Dr. Dixon completed the session by having all participants go to their happy place and put any negative feelings or thoughts in their container until next week. All participants were reminded to go to their happy place multiple times each day prior to the next session. Dr. Dixon also provided her contact information in the event that anyone needed continued help after the session. Participants were encouraged to reach out for assistance if needed.