EMDR for Hypnotherapists
What is EMDR?
EMDR works very well within a hypnotherapy practice. Originally designed to help address traumatic memories, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) facilitates the accessing, processing and resolving of disturbing memories and unpleasant life experiences, whilst addressing negative beliefs and unwanted body sensations about past and future events and promoting supportive positive beliefs. EMDR is a highly useful tool for any professional hypnotherapist.
What is it used for?
Trauma, disturbance, anxiety (past, present, future events), phobias, performance concerns.
Example: Say you get hit by another car whilst crossing a junction. No major injuries, just some bruises, which will heal over the next few weeks until you cannot even see where they were. Your brain 'heals' in the same way. You may be upset initially, and then talk to friends and colleagues about the event, and without even thinking about it, learn any lessons, file away useful information, and process any relevant emotions or sensations. This way, when you look back at the event a few months or years later, it is just remembered as an unpleasant experience.
For some, they are not able to process the experience (fully or at all), and it may continue to intrude in everyday life. For example, there may be negative beliefs such as "I am powerless", or "I cannot trust anyone", there may be body sensations, such as feelings of tension, or a heightened emotion, such as anxiety. This may have unwanted intrusions into a person's life, such as when approaching a road junction, a person may go into a state of fight/flight and be aware of a heightened state of anxiety, yet also less able to focus on their driving.
What we will cover
- The theory of trauma
- PTSD perspectives
- Processing disturbance
- Assessing contra-indications
- Preparation and information gathering
- Metaphors for EMDR
- Working with SUD and VOC scales
- Using bilateral stimulation and eye movements (finger sweep, clicks and taps)
- Bilateral stimulation using technology
- Processing images, beliefs, emotions and sensations
- Working through blocks and loops
- Closing interim and final sessions
- Self-use of bilateral stimulation
- Protocols for: Past trauma, Recent trauma, Phobias, Anxieties, Anger
- Adapting protocols for: Ego strengthening, Positive Enhancement and Future pacing
4/5 May 2019
9.30am - 5pm
Important: This course is designed for qualified hypnotherapy practitioners only - so if you do not have a valid hypnotherapy qualification/relevant experience, please do not book a place on this EMDR masterclass - if in doubt, send us a message before you book.
Please note: The majority of this two-day course is practical and you will be expected to participate, both giving and receiving EMDR. You do not need to have experienced trauma to participate. You are requested to focus your own experience on minor issues. If you wish to work through a significant trauma, please address this in therapy outside of this workshop.
Note: This workshop has 13 CPD hours and for NGH members 13 CEU credits