EMDR therapy and adaptive information processing:  The development of resilience and coherence


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an empirically supported psychotherapeutic approach for treating trauma, which is also applicable to a wide range of other experientially based clinical complaints. It is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP), which conceptualizes the effects of traumatic experiences in terms of dysfunctional memory networks in a physiologically based information processing system. The AIP model helps explain why some people have a strong sense of resilience, coherence, resourcefulness and self-empowerment and others do not. Thus it follows that EMDR therapy may be used to help clients regain these personal attributes when they have been impaired by a traumatic event or other disturbing life experience. The application of EMDR therapy with such individuals is illustrated by means of case histories in the context of the eight phases with which this modality is implemented.


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Francine Shapiro
Roger Solomon

Original Work Citation

Shapiro, F., & Solomon, R. (2011, December). EMDR therapy and adaptive information processing: The development of resilience and coherence. In K. Gow & M. Celinski (Eds.), Trauma: Recovering from Deep Wounds and Exploring the Potential for Renewal. New York: Nova Science Publishers.



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