EMDR protocol for the management of dysfunctional eating behaviors in anorexia nervosa
Research carried out in ED has investigated the relationship between traumatic events, in particular during infancy, and the development of an eating behaviour disorder, reporting significant empirical evidence. The perceptions, bodily sensations, emotions and expectations related to the memories of traumatic events tend to be crystallized in "mnemonic network" which remain non-metabolized in the brain. These memories can be activated by any present reminder, leading to dysfunctional emotional regulation and behavioral responses. In the light of such observations, it is clear that the treatment of eating disorders is extremely complex. For this reason, an integration of the method focusing on the traumatic memories has been suggested. Using this "innate, physiological, healing mechanism" (Shapiro & Forrest, 1998), in fact, EMDR makes it possible to retrieve and reprocess all the memories connected with the traumatic event. In this workshop I will describe the phases of a specific EMDR protocol, the "Anorexia Nervosa Protocol" in order to help participants to understand how to work with eating disorders dynamics. In particular, I will provide specific guidelines related to the specific work in the acute phase (hospitalization) and some EMDR technique, such as the dissociative table at mealtime, to deal with specific needs of this clinical population. The AN protocol will be illustrated through the explanation of clinical cases and videos.
Original Work Citation
Zaccagnino, M. (2016, June). EMDR protocol for the management of dysfunctional eating behaviors in anorexia nervosa. Presentation at the at the 17th EMDR Europe Association Conference, The Hague
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