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Reevaluation Phase in EMDR

Reevaluation Phase

The Reevaluation Phase in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is an essential step in the therapeutic process, ensuring the sustained usefulness of the therapy. This phase helps therapists and clients assess progress and determine the next steps in the therapy.

Phase Purpose

  1. Importance of assessing the therapy’s impact
  2. Identifying any remaining distress or new issues
  3. Planning future sessions and goals

Client Experience

The Reevaluation Phase in EMDR involves reviewing previous sessions to confirm the reduction of distress related to targeted memories. It helps in identifying any emerging concerns or residual distress that may need further attention. This phase ensures that the therapy remains focused and helpful, adapting to the client’s evolving needs.

  1. Ensuring the client feels progress is being made
  2. Addressing any new feelings or thoughts that arise
  3. Keeping the therapy process transparent and client-centred


What is the main goal of the Reevaluation Phase in EMDR?
The main goal is to assess the therapy’s impact, identify any remaining distress, and plan the direction for future sessions.
How does the Reevaluation Phase benefit clients?
It ensures that the client is progressing, addresses any new or residual issues, and keeps the therapy process focused.
What happens if new issues are identified during the Reevaluation Phase?
If new issues are identified, they are incorporated into the therapy plan to ensure comprehensive support.


  1. Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures. Guilford Publications.
  2. EMDR International Association. (2024). About EMDR Therapy. Retrieved from EMDRIA website.
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