About the Session
This workshop explores the integration of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in the treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Employing a dual-focus approach, the intervention combines AIP informed, trauma processing with compassion-focused techniques and interventions. EMDR’s adaptive information processing model is used to reprocess distressing memories, facilitating their integration into a broader narrative. Concurrently, the therapy emphasizes the cultivation of self-compassion and the nurturing of an internal compassionate presence. By addressing both the traumatic imprints of the past and fostering a compassionate inner dialogue, this holistic approach aims to enhance healing and resilience. Preliminary findings suggest significant reductions in trauma-related symptoms and an increased capacity for self-compassion. This integrated framework offers a promising avenue for EMDR clinicians working with this critical complex, vulnerable population, highlighting the potential for comprehensive healing in the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse.
- Participants will be able to list the core components of EMDR therapy and Compassion-Focused Interventions as a broad psychotherapeutic approach for working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
- Participants will be able to identify specific EMDR skills for working with shame-based trauma surrounding non-disclosure of trauma material.
- Participants will be able to describe the utilization of compassion-focused interventions in the form of interviews, trauma regulation strategies, and specific tasks for potential integration.