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Installation Phase in EMDR

Installation Phase

The installation phase in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is vital for reinforcing beneficial beliefs and feelings. This phase helps individuals integrate new, empowering perspectives to improve their overall mental well-being.

Enhancing Well-being

During the installation phase, clients often face challenges in solidifying their new, helpful beliefs. This phase aims to address and mitigate these challenges, ensuring that the newly developed perspectives are deeply embedded.

Deepening Integration

The installation phase is a key component in EMDR therapy. It focuses on strengthening the beneficial cognitive and emotional shifts accomplished during earlier phases. This helps clients internalise these changes, which can lead to lasting improvements in mental health. The flexibility of this phase allows it to be adapted to individual needs, ensuring a personalised approach.

Understanding Installation

This phase involves using bilateral stimulation to reinforce helpful beliefs and feelings that replace the negative ones processed in earlier stages.

Building Strength

By consolidating beneficial beliefs, the installation phase helps individuals feel more empowered and resilient, promoting long-term mental health benefits.

Reinforcing Positivity

During this phase, therapists guide clients through bilateral stimulation exercises, focusing on the beliefs and emotions they aim to strengthen. This process ensures these changes are deeply ingrained.


What is the installation phase in EMDR?
The installation phase in EMDR therapy focuses on reinforcing helpful beliefs and emotions that replace negative ones.
How does the installation phase benefit me?
It helps in consolidating beneficial beliefs, enhancing resilience, and promoting long-term mental well-being.
What methods are used during the installation phase?
Therapists use bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, taps, or tones, to strengthen the cognitive and emotional changes.


  1. EMDR Institute – What is EMDR?
  2. American Psychological Association – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
  3. National Center for Biotechnology Information – EMDR and the Anxiety Spectrum
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision