EMDR treatment is broken into 8 stages of treatment. The length of time each client/therapist team spends in each stage is dependent on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the complexity of past trauma, the client's capacity for resourcing and self-regulation, the client's level of stability, or the number of traumatic events.
In my therapy practice, my clients and I often discover that certain emotions have been ignored, “stuffed,” or labeled as “bad” and exiled from awareness. After a discussion on the benefit of experiencing and learning from our emotions, I invite clients to take a curious and non-judgmental stance towards a “bad” emotion of their choice. In essence, we agree to “invite in” the emotion that has previously been ignored with a simple goal to learn from it, see what purpose it is serving, and honor it.