EMDR therapy and network balance understanding the physiological dimensions of EMDR therapy, as a basis for rational decisions about variations to the standard protocol

Description

EMDR therapy has made a significant contribution to developmental and trauma-informed clinical practice (Shapiro et al, 2002). Whilst ‘EMD’ may be learned relatively easily, EMDR therapy is more difficult to master. Not since psychoanalysis, perhaps, has a ‘system of therapy’ challenged us as much. Not only does EMDR therapy provide a synthesis of psychodynamic and cognitivebehavioural (CBT) principals, it also challenges us to re-consider the importance and perhaps even the primacy of unconscious physiological processes. EMDR therapy includes physiological stimulation of the Orienting Response. The resultant ‘free association’ risks exposing vulnerable clients to ‘flooding’ with the repressed affect associated with episodic memories of having felt and/or actually been threatened and/or overwhelmed. This can accentuate rather than attenuate problems. It is vital, therefore, to understand how a change in the quantity of ‘state-specific’ disturbance can result in a sudden change in the quality of what the client is experiencing and require considered variation of the standard protocol. This presentation aims to educate EMDR therapists in regard to the physiological dimensions of EMDR therapy (‘stress’ and ‘Network balance’), an understanding of which provides a rational basis for decisions about variations to the standard protocol in different clinical scenarios. Beginning with a review of the ‘Model’ (Adaptive Information Processing), it proceeds to elaborate both the psychological and physiological dimensions of the ‘Mechanism’ and finishes up with practical and specific advice in regard to the ‘Method’ (the Standard Protocol) in how to determine what, when and why any variations may be required.

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Conference

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Engllish

Author(s)

Darra Murphy

Original Work Citation

Murphy, D. (2017, April). EMDR therapy and network balance understanding the physiological dimensions of EMDR therapy, as a basis for rational decisions about variations to the standard protocol. In EMDR case studies - EMDR in the treatment of fears and phobias (Evelyn Wright, Chair). Presentation at the 3rd EMDR Asia International Conference, Shanghai, China

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“EMDR therapy and network balance understanding the physiological dimensions of EMDR therapy, as a basis for rational decisions about variations to the standard protocol,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed December 2, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/24437.

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