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EMDR Container Worksheet

Amanda Knowles

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On this page, we will provide you with an EMDR Container Worksheet. It will help you know the different ways to develop self-control and deal with negative emotions..

What is an EMDR Container Worksheet?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally developed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. The EMDR container is a metaphor used to describe a storage box where you are supposed to put all of your worries, it should be strong enough to hold whatever you put into it.

The container will provide storage space for negative feelings, thoughts, events and experiences. This worksheet will help you to develop your own personal container where certain anxiety prone feelings can be stored.

How can an EMDR Container Worksheet help?

This worksheet will help you to deal with the feelings that are causing you stress and you want them to be resolved. You will learn self control by attending to some of the feelings at the moment and keeping the rest, most painful ones, in the container for sometime to develop the strength. Basically this is about delaying your reaction time. The worksheet will help you in developing self-control and self-soothing techniques to resolve conflicted emotions and situations.

Instructions on how to use the EMDR Container Worksheet

This worksheet gives a reminder that not all feelings need to be confronted at once. By making your container some feelings can be put aside until you achieve self-control.

You can download this worksheet here.

Other  worksheets you may be interested in

Below are links to a few more worksheets which are closely related to the worksheet above.

EMDR Therapy Worksheet

EMDR Therapy Worksheet:Version 2

EMDR Prompt Worksheet


On this page, we provided you with an EMDR Container Worksheet, which hopefully helped you know the different ways to develop self-control and deal with negative emotions.If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.


The worksheets on this site should not be used in place of professional advice from a mental health professional. 

You should always seek help from a mental health professional or medical professional. We are not providing any advice or recommendations here.

There are various resources where you can seek help.

You could use Online-Therapy if you feel you need counselling.

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Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowled is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.