Print a copy of the worksheet before your online session. You will need one worksheet per session.
No printer? No problem. Bring a blank piece of paper and you can create your own worksheet. Don't forget something to write with!
Preparing for Online Group EMDR Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidence-based treatment that can help individuals cope with trauma and distressing life experiences. While EMDR therapy is typically conducted one-on-one with a therapist, the advent of online therapy has made it possible to engage in group EMDR sessions, offering a supportive environment to process and heal. If you're considering participating in online group EMDR therapy, it's essential to be prepared to get the most out of your experience.
Prepare Your Technology
To ensure a smooth online EMDR session, make sure you have the necessary technology. You'll need a stable internet connection, a reliable device (such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone), and a quiet, private space where you can engage in therapy without distractions.
Familiarize Yourself with the Zoom Platform
If you're new to Zoom, take some time to familiarize yourself with it. Learn how to join sessions, navigate the interface, and troubleshoot common technical issues. This will help reduce any anxiety or uncertainty related to the technology and allow you to focus on your therapy.
Create a Safe and Comfortable Space
Your therapy environment plays a crucial role in the effectiveness of your EMDR sessions. Ensure that the room you'll be in is private, quiet, and free from distractions. Consider adding calming elements such as soft lighting, comfortable seating, or soothing music to create a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Tissues, water, or a cup of tea are always nice to have handy during your session.
Set Realistic Goals
Before starting online group EMDR therapy, establish realistic goals for yourself. Understand that EMDR is a process that may take time, and progress can vary from person to person. Setting achievable goals and having patience with yourself will help you make the most of each session.
Prepare to Write and Reflect
Participating in group therapy, whether in-person or online, involves writing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences on the group EMDR worksheet. Be prepared to write and reflect on your emotions and experiences. This vulnerability can be challenging but is essential for EMDR therapy's success.
EMDR therapy can be emotionally intense, so it's crucial to practice self-care before and after each session. Engage in activities that help you relax and de-stress, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or physical exercise. Don't plan any big events after your session, as you're likely to be tired physically and emotionally.
Online group EMDR therapy can be a valuable resource for individuals seeking healing from trauma and distressing life experiences. By preparing yourself with the right therapist, technology, and mindset, you can make the most of your online EMDR sessions. Remember that healing is a journey, and with the right support and preparation, you can move towards a brighter, more peaceful future.