When introducing the instrument make sure to remind the client that he has the ability to stop the process at any time by pressing the button on the top of the left handle. While suggesting to the client it is advisable to continue processing, the knowledge that they can stop the process gives them a sense of control.
When introducing the instrument make sure to find out what is the most comfortable speed, intensity and volume for the client. EMDR Therapy processing is not easy for the client, and making the stimulations as comfortable as possible gives the client both a sense of being cared for as well as a sense of control.
Keep in mind that while the instrument provides three different simultaneous stimulations, you can decide to provide only two or even only one of them. The remote control enables you to turn off the visual and/or tactile and/or the auditory stimulations.
Remind the client to follow the lights with his eyes without moving his head.
While the 15 second sequence and the slow speed are usually used for the Safe Place exercise and Resource Installations, they can also be used when you are working with a fragile client and want to keep the processing short (and slow).
While the 30 second option is considered “classic”, I would urge you to try the 60 and 90 second options. Keeping in mind that most of the EMDR Therapy “work” is done during the processing of the client, it makes sense to give them the opportunity to have longer periods of processing.
Most clients can hear you while the auditory stimulation is on. I urge you to continue supporting the client while the instrument is working.
Keep a clear line of sight between the remote control and the back of the instrument. If the remote control is not having an impact on the instrument, there is probably something blocking the line between the two.
Although the remote control enables you to sit at a distance from the client, I urge you to consider sitting close to the client as a way of providing a “holding/supportive environment”.
The red light at the back of the instrument indicates whether the instrument is functioning or not.
While the instrument allows the therapist to focus on writing his notes during the stimulation, I urge you to continue focusing on the client’s face and body. The client is aware of the attention he is receiving (or not).
If the client is abreacting and lets go of the handles, I suggest you turn off the vibrations, and keep the auditory and visual stimulations on.
If the client closes her eyes, you can keep the visual stimulation on, since the light is “seen” by the client even when the eyes are closed.
Keep a set of batteries close by. Put in fresh batteries the moment the clients reports any ” strange behaviour” of the instrument.
If possible, try to use the electricity connection as often as possible (and the batteries as little as possible).