Session F3: The Value of a Somatic and Process-Oriented Approach to EMDR

Friday, April 19th

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory

About the Session

Two questions have driven my orientation to therapy: “How does our nature work, and how can we best work with that nature?” This has led me to find ways of working that align with the organic movement and integration of people’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual natures. This alignment gives therapists confidence to be in “not knowing” and fully engage emerging dynamics to truly “trust the process.” The observation that we all have a natural drive toward completion and resolution is foundational for effectively working with “process.” Activation into states of overwhelm can exceed ’clients’ resilience and compromise this natural flow. Tracking somatically gives therapists moment-by-moment reads on resilience, facilitating more efficient pacing. Use the “window of tolerance/presence” as an active lens to track resilience. This also positions the therapist to work directly with often debilitating non-verbal nervous system responses that are not accessible with more cognitive approaches.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe how to use the window of tolerance/presence as an active lens to assess resiliency moment-by-moment, to effectively guide the pacing of sessions.
  2. Participants will be able to list 2 advantages of tracking clients activation somatically before & during EMDR processing.
  3. Participants will be able to list 3 ways to assess resiliency somatically.

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