Strategies for more effectively managing time in Phases 3-6 of EMDR therapy.
The AIP Model
- The Difficult Stuff Connects to Right Now/Existing Adaptive Information
- Enough Adaptive Information Must Be Present
- You Can’t Easily Connect Maladaptive Information to Maladaptive Information
- What’s Complex About Complex Trauma Related to the AIP Model?
- A Different Way of Thinking About Complex Trauma
- Mountain Ranges of Adaptive Information vs Mountain Ranges of Maladaptive Information
The Mount Everest Metaphor
- You Cannot Metabolize a Trauma the Size of Mount Everest into Adaptive Information the Size of a Walnut—You Can’t
- Where to Start with Complex Trauma?
- Where Not to Start
- Types of Targets that Make Good Early Targets with Complex Trauma
The Whale Metaphor
- What are the Whales?
- What is the Size of the Client’s Boat?
- You Cannot Land a Whale into a Canoe
- Helping the Client Build a Bigger Boat
- What Clients Learn when Working with “Smaller” Wounds First
- Test the Gear
- Learn How to Notice Effectively
- They Learn that the Can Heal
- Healing Builds Adaptive Information/Makes the Boat Bigger
- If the Client in a Canoe Connects to a Whale we Need a Strong Pair of Scissors to Safely Disconnect
- Blocking Beliefs and their Relation to Negative Cognitions
- Goal is to Move a Memory
- Leveraging Generalization
- The Difference Between Feeder and Adjacent Memories
- Rethinking Abreactions as Events that Take Offline the Client’s Capacity to Notice
- A Bit about Dissociation
- When a Whole “Heard” of Memories Come
- We Have an Important Navigational Role to Play
- Existential Loneliness as Abreaction
- The Dive Metaphor
- Reorienting Clients who Are Too Active on the Thought Channel Too Soon
- Notice What Stinks
- Using Perspective Changes or Channel Changes
- “When Healing Comes, It Will Come to You”
- What Reprocessing Looks Like
It’s a lot easier to explain EMDR to clients if you have a solid understanding of trauma and the concrete differences between traumatic memories and “more normal” memories.
- The Goal is to Move a Single Memory
- Differences between Normal and Traumatic Memories
- Additional Questions to Consider in Phase One, Including Assessing for Complex Trauma
- Conducting a Trauma Sensitive Phase One that Avoids a Detailed or Chronological Trauma Timeline
- Starting the Process of Developing Attachment Resources for Attachment Wounding
- Metaphor: Difference Between Walking Across Ohio and Riding in Bus Across Ohio
- Metaphor: Don’t Tackle Mount Everest First with Clients With Complex Trauma
- Events Have a Beginning, Middle, and End… Attachment Wounds are About Everything
- Using the Videotape Approach with Complex Trauma