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Dual Attention Stimuli in EMDR

Dual Attention Stimuli

Dual attention stimuli are a vital component of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Dual attention stimuli in EMDR involve engaging both sides of the brain through specific sensory inputs, such as eye movements, taps, or tones. This process helps individuals process and integrate traumatic memories.

Key features and benefits

  1. Enhances the brain’s ability to process trauma
  2. Supports emotional regulation during therapy
  3. Facilitates deeper therapeutic outcomes

Dual attention stimuli defined

Dual attention stimuli refer to the bilateral stimulation used in EMDR therapy to engage both hemispheres of the brain.

Benefits of dual attention stimuli

This method aids in reducing the emotional impact of traumatic memories, making them easier to process and integrate.

Application in therapy

During EMDR sessions, therapists use dual attention stimuli to facilitate the client’s focus on both the traumatic memory and the present environment, promoting healing.


What are dual attention stimuli?
Dual attention stimuli involve bilateral sensory inputs, such as eye movements, taps, or auditory signals, used during EMDR therapy.
How do dual attention stimuli work in EMDR?
They engage both sides of the brain, helping to process and integrate traumatic memories.
Why are dual attention stimuli important in EMDR?
They enhance the therapeutic process by supporting emotional regulation and facilitating deeper processing of trauma.


  1. Shapiro, F. (2017). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures. Guilford Press.
  2. Solomon, R. M., & Shapiro, F. (2008). EMDR and the adaptive information processing model: Potential mechanisms of change. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 2(4), 315-325.
  3. van der Kolk, B. A. (2014). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Penguin Books.
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision