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Closure Phase in EMDR

Closure Phase

The Closure Phase in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy ensures that a session ends with the individual feeling stable and safe.

Common Issues

The Closure Phase addresses:

  1. Emotional Safety: Maintaining emotional safety after a session.
  2. Session Stability: Ensuring stability between sessions.

Detailed Description

The Closure Phase in EMDR is designed to ensure that the individual leaves the session feeling safe and stable. This phase is vital for integrating the therapeutic work done during the session and preparing the individual for their daily life until the next session. Key features include:

  1. Purpose and Steps: The main aim is to ensure emotional stability. Steps may include discussing the session, practising relaxation methods, and making sure the individual feels grounded.
  2. Importance: This phase is vital as it helps in maintaining the therapeutic progress and ensures the individual does not leave the session feeling distressed or overwhelmed.
  3. Key Benefits: Proper closure aids in emotional regulation, reinforces a sense of safety, and helps in the smooth transition back to daily activities.

How it Helps

Proper closure aids in emotional regulation by ensuring that the individual feels calm and secure at the end of each session. This is key to maintaining the therapeutic gains made during the session.

How it Works

The Closure Phase typically involves discussing the session to process any immediate thoughts or feelings, practising relaxation methods to help ground the individual, and making sure they feel ready to leave the session without distress.


Why is the Closure Phase important in EMDR?
The Closure Phase is important because it ensures that the individual leaves the session feeling safe and stable, which is essential for maintaining therapeutic progress and preventing distress between sessions.
What methods are used in the Closure Phase?
Methods used in the Closure Phase may include discussing the session, practising relaxation exercises, and grounding activites to ensure the individual feels secure and calm.


For more information, please refer to the following sources:

  1. What is EMDR?
  2. EMDR Therapy Overview
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