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What is resourcing in EMDR Therapy?

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

As an EMDR certified therapist who works with incest survivors, resourcing is fundamental to our work.

What is resourcing?

Resourcing: the skills/techniques that are taught to clients in early trauma therapy so that they can manage the stress/distress/triggers associated with the past experiences. Good resourcing enables trauma therapy clients to be able to improve their daily functioning and to cope with the situations that come up in and outside of therapy.

These are essential skills that should never be skipped in my humble opinion.

I can’t tell you how many sexual assault survivors come to me after they’ve blown thorough 8-12 therapists and none of them had enough training or experience to tackle the situations these folks have experienced.

The result? The clients become unstable. They get worse. They feel terrible. They start to hate/fear therapy. They feel unsafe.

If this has happened to you, I'm sorry. Know that good therapy takes time and effort-but that you should start to feel better over time.

Creating safety, teaching resourcing & establishing a foundation of structure helps immensely.

Here are some examples of Resourcing from another EMDR provider/consultant.

Jordanna is an EMDR Certified Therapist who works extensively with childhood abuse/neglect survivors, incest survivors and sexual abuse survivors. Learn more about Jordanna.

Photo credit: Roshan Spottsville, 2021

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