Healing Series: EMDR Therapy

Show Notes


Topics We Discussed

  • Last week for the listener survey and giveaway! Listen for the link!
  • What is EMDR Therapy?
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing by Dr. Francine Shapiro (to eliminate stress associated with traumatic memories)
  • Helps the left and right brain hemispheres communicate, helps to store memories in a more healthy way
  • Stimulate the left and right hemispheres by tapping, eye movement, paddles/hand pulsers, or auditory tones
  • When we get triggered we can feel like we are being re-traumatized
  • For adoptees, it’s helpful because you can work with memories that are implicit (eg. babies don’t have language for what happened at relinquishment)
  • The Body Keeps Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
  • Adoptees can sometimes feel ‘ungrounded’, unlovable or lost
  • Attachment Focused EMDR by Dr. Laurel Parnell
  • Tapping in resources like a peaceful place, a protective figure, a wise figure and a nurturing figure
  • The brain can then respond with the pleasure centre of the brain and bring these positive resources to us when we call on them; we can take these with us outside the therapy office
  • Pre-birth protocol for adoptees, we can imagine what things were like
  • EMDR is evidence-based and curative
  • Especially effective in working with trauma (like separation trauma that adoptees experience)
  • Brain science demonstrates that babies remember, our bodies remember
  • EMDR International Association www.emdria.org
  • Lesli’s other healing episode http://www.adopteeson.com/listen/2016/12/15/surviving-the-holidays
  • Lesli’s latest article about EMDR http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/adoption-trauma-healing-role-of-emdr-therapy-0216175

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