The I-gaze interweave for attachment repair in EMDR therapy


Approximately 40% of the general population suffers from an insecure attachment style from infancy and are disproportionately represented in the psychotherapy population. This four-part training begins with the Domains of Self model––a heuristic for rapid assessment to differentiate attachment trauma from relational or shock traumas. The second part describes the zone of optimal arousal, detailing a model that guides the therapist to assessing autonomic and psychological stability in phase 4 and how to remedy over-arousal. In part three, a lecture with live demonstration will describe somatic interweaves to be used in phase four to help client’s remain within the window of tolerance for safe and effective processing. The workshop concludes with the I-Gaze interweave and its theoretical and practical aspects. It adapts phase 4 (desensitization) to the challenges of insecure attachment by utilizing a unique interweave designed to intensify the right brain-to-right brain communication prerequisite to facilitate earned security.






Barry Litt

Original Work Citation

Litt, B. (2018, April). The I-gaze interweave for attachment repair in EMDR therapy. Presentation at the 14th Western Mass EMDRIA Regional Network Spring Conference, Amherst MA



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