We all are
challenged from time to time with an acute traumatic incident, such as an assault, divorce, natural disaster, sudden loss of a loved one. While just talking with a ‘supportive ear’ may help the
survivor work through the experience, at times talking is not enough when a survivor is still ‘living it.’ In those situations, more focused interventions may be necessary.
Incident Processing (A-TIP) utilizes bilateral eye movements to help desensitize the survivor to the traumatic event to the point where talking about it may be of help.
Research has shown
bilateral eye movements rapidly diminish the vividness of images and strong emotions/physical sensations associated with a traumatic event.
What is different about EMDR?
- EMDR’s focus is on the brain’s ability to constantly learn, taking past experiences and updating them with the present situation.
- Referred to as “The Adaptive Information Processing Hypothesis.”
- Adaptive learning is constantly updating memory network systems (reconsolidation).
- EMDR’s focus is: person’s inability to update experiences.
- EMDR therapy uses a set of procedures to organize negative and positive networks and uses bilateral stimulation (eye movements, alternative
tapping) as the catalyst to effectively integrate past experiences with present adaptive learning. Much like eating, we digest food, keeping nutrients necessary of health, letting go of waste, we
keep what is necessary for adaptive learning to let go of unnecessary information.