The reenactment protocol: Treating trauma and trauma-related painSummary sheet: The reenactment protocol: Treating trauma and trauma-related pain (Luber)
Some clients have memories of traumatic events that are so painful they are difficult to process and move beyond. These memories are recalled differently than other memories. Clients often present with painful, disruptive, and frightening dreams, nightmares, and flashbacks that intrude into their life so completely and powerfully that the memories disturb and dominate their very existence. The Reenactment Protocol is primarily an interweave and a variation to the standard eye movement desensitization and reprocessing protocol, it is designed to help clients suffering from traumatic memories and traumatic pain and who have usually experienced painful trauma or neglect. The central concept of this protocol is to restore the client's sense of control over the traumatic memories by developing a new narrative. The Reenactment Protocol is best used as an interweave beginning at Phase 4. If a client responds positively to the Reenactment Protocol, it can be effectively used as a stand-alone protocol in future sessions. The Reenactment Protocol is often effective for relieving the targeted discomfort of painful memories the first time the new narrative is imagined.
Original Work Citation
Cole, J. W. (2019). The reenactment protocol: Treating trauma and trauma-related pain. In M. Luber (Ed.), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets: Treating Trauma in Somatic and Medical-Related Conditions (pp. 152-178). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co
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