EMDR therapy protocol for eating disorders

Summary sheet:  EMDR therapy protocol for eating disorders (Luber)



Based on the author's years of experience working with eating disorders (EDs), the most adequate treatment is that which covers the areas that generate the disorder, instead of focusing on the symptom in an isolated manner. Without a doubt, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy accomplishes this goal, since it works by going to the root of the trauma—where it all began—and repairing it. This chapter explains the EMDR Therapy Protocol for ED, detailing everything the clinician must take into consideration in order to proceed step by step throughout the eight phases of treatment. The goal is to process those traumas and adverse experiences that are the foundation of disorders, using the artichoke metaphor: working layer by layer from the outside in. Each and every layer holds a part, a defense, and a trauma or adverse life experience, as specified in the part/defense/trauma system. Once the part is named and the defense is identified, it is possible to reach the targeted event/trauma and process it with the Standard EMDR Protocol. As these events are processed, clients integrate the parts of their inner world.


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Natalie Seijo

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Seijo, N. (2019). EMDR therapy protocol for eating disorders. In M. Luber (Ed.), Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets: Treating eating Disorders, Chronic Pain, and Maladaptive Self-Care Behaviors (pp. 143-194). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co



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