The EMDR Cognitions worksheet is a list of negative and positive cognitions for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). A negative cognition is paired with a target image as a 'start point' for EMDR processing. Clients are also asked for a desired positive cognition, whether or not they believe in its validity. By this method clients are helped to process information in their trauma memory network (of which the negative cognition is a part), and to integrate it with more adaptive information (of which the positive cognition is a part). Cognitions as EMDR targets fall into four categories: self-defectiveness, responsibility, safety / vulnerability, control / choice.
- Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press.