This study aimed to explore clients’ unique phenomenological experiences of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and their meaning-making regarding this therapeutic approach within the context of an adult mental health service in Ireland. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was employed to collect and analyze data from six interviews with individuals who had completed an EMDR intervention.

Three Group Experiential Themes were identified: “Trapped in trauma—self-disorganization,” “Being ‘in’ the process of processing,” and “Moving on—adaptive resolution of trauma.” The study provides an in-depth insight into clients’ experiences of EMDR in terms of the many processes and outcomes, and clinical implications are discussed.

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