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Robert Weissfeld September 10th, 2008 10:10 AM

Research Question: How do you know when an issue is done?
Hi all,
I am asking a question whose answer might seem obvious at first. I doing research on energy psychotherapies and I want to see what practitioners in the field are actually experiencing. So as not to bias answers, I will not provide background info now, but once I get a number of replies I will come back and repost with more explanation.

What do you observe in your clients that lets you know that they have completed the issue at hand?

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Sandra Paulsen September 11th, 2008 12:05 AM

Re: Research Question: How do you know when an issue is done?
Hi, I have to make this quick as I have an early flight tomorrow to the EMDRIA conference, but here are some thoughts.
1) Officially, the targeted memory is clear once the SUD is 0 (on a 10 point scale) and the Validity of (desired) Cognition is 7, on a 7 point scale. And when there is a clear body scan (tho there are occasions to skip a body scan, specifically when one already knows there is more to the memory or the theme.
2) When the person can go into the future in imagination and run a clear video of the situation or behavior that used to be problematic, and see it without distraction or disturbance,
3) when the presenting symptoms that brought the person over the threshold are resolved (which may involve multiple targets)
4) when the family members say, "How the heck did you do that?"

sk8rgrl23 December 2nd, 2008 11:47 PM

Re: Research Question: How do you know when an issue is done?
I don't do EMDR though I"m looking into the training. But in general with clients when they have resolved the issue(s) they came in with, they simply run out of things to talk about. This is qualitatively different than the client that starts out therapy having difficulty opening up, or the client that suddenly has a change in behavior toward the reticent or withholding. It's more of a relaxed, somewhat bored affect. Not necessarily a litmus test, but something I commonly see when therapy has gone well.

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