The adaptation assessment phase of EMDR: Case study with social phobia


EMDR is developed by Francine Shapiro in 1989. Base on a theory call information processing model. EMDR is the effective treatment for trauma population. The main objective of EMDR is the reintegration the disturbing or unresolved traumatic experience. EMDR use eight-phase for entire treatment. In Phase Three, the clinician need to activate the traumatic experience of the client through the baseline measures of the client’s current state (Image, cognitions, emotion and body sensation) before starting reprocessing. I have met one client who have problem with going out of home. He dropped out of the school because of fears to going out because he afraid of the other people. After I get through the Phase One and Two, I started to prepare to do the Assessment Phase in order to do the trauma reprocessing. I face the challenging by the client cannot activate the memory during Assessment Phase. I asked the client to draw the image of his fear out and go through the baseline measures in the Phase Three. After drawing the picture, it can stimulate the negative cognition, emotional disturbing and body sensation. Right after the traumatic memory activate, I started the reprocessing the memory. After several sessions with him, he can overcome his anxiety and start his school life again. Even if six months after terminate from the treatment, he still do not have any problems regard to the fear anymore.






Phu lSophearith

Original Work Citation

lSophearith, P. (2020, January). The adaptation assessment phase of EMDR: Case study with social phobia. Paper presented at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand


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