BIPOC Perspective on EMDR with Chronic Pain

BIPOC Perspective on EMDR with Chronic Pain

In the BIPOC Perspective column, EMDR therapists respond to the question “Could you offer a specific example of how some aspect of a client’s culture/race was deeply meaningful as a resource and/or as a challenge in using EMDR with chronic pain and somatic issues?” EMDR therapists discuss calling on ancestral helpers and how to build cross-cultural trust and alliance.

Contributors include Shelley Spear Chief, LCSW, MSWC and Sabrina Sartori Chouinard, LMSW.

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2023 issue EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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Counselor’s Corner on BLS Alternatives

Counselor’s Corner on BLS Alternatives

In the Counselor’s Corner column, EMDR therapists respond to a question addressing bilateral stimulation (BLS) alternatives due to physical and medical trauma. What can be used when eye movements, tappers, or headphones are not tolerated? Contributors include Reg Morrow Robinson, Ed.S., LMFT, LMHC, Ruth Silverberg, LMHC and Barbara Mashak, LPC.

This question and responses originally appeared in the Central Forum online community. The answers have been edited and condensed for clarity and space. To view the entire discussion, members can visit www.emdria.org/emdria-community.

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2023 issue EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness

Go With That Magazine™️ Winter 2023

Chronic pain and chronic health conditions are common. Somewhere between 11 – 40 percent of the population in the U.S. deal with chronic pain conditions, according to the CDC. The Cleveland Clinic defines chronic pain as “pain that last months or years and happens in all parts of the body. It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety. The first step in treatment is to find and treat the cause. When that isn’t possible, the most effective approach is a combination of medications, therapies, and lifestyle changes.” Can EMDR therapy help the population that suffers from chronic pain? Find out what this issue’s authors have to say about EMDR therapy and chronic pain.

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This issue includes the following articles:

 


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EMDR and Somatic Psychology for Chronic Pain and Illness

EMDR and Somatic Psychology for Chronic Pain and Illness

There is an undeniable link between stress and physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches, and the common cold. However, this relationship is amplified when there is a history of chronic stress and trauma. These historical events contribute to imbalances in the autonomic nervous system that underlie many chronic illness and pain conditions.

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2023 issue EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness of Go With That Magazine™️ by Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D.


An open access version of this article is available at EMDRIA’s Focal Point blog published March 17, 2023. 

 


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Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy with EMDR

Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy with EMDR

How does a client physically respond during EMDR therapy? This article introduces the value of somatically tracking a client’s “process” during therapy. Process-oriented therapy is being with what unfolds moment-to-moment, allowing the client’s dynamics to reveal themselves in each session.

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2023 issue EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness of Go With That Magazine™️ by Craig Penner, LMFT.

 


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10 EMDR Pain Protocol Variations

10 EMDR Pain Protocol Variations

Pain and medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are synonymous with trauma. Discover 10 key variations to the basic EMDR therapy protocol for working with pain and MUS in this article.

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2023 issue EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness of Go With That Magazine™️ by Mark Grant, MA.

 


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Addressing Chronic Pain and Health Conditions for Improved Outcomes with Trauma, Depression and Anxiety

Addressing Chronic Pain and Health Conditions for Improved Outcomes with Trauma, Depression and Anxiety

If you treat adults, you are treating chronic pain and chronic health conditions. Even if you don’t know it. In this article Gary Brothers, LCSW discusses how EMDR therapists are uniquely positioned to look for, see, and target underlying causes of clients’ chronic pain and chronic health conditions, instead of endlessly treating their symptoms.

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2023 issue EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness of Go With That Magazine™️ by Gary Brothers, LCSW.

 


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Affirm Your Practice

Affirm Your Practice

About 1 in 6 people are neurodivergent. Neurodiversity is an umbrella term used to describe the variation of human brains including autism, ADHD, OCD, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, and more. Given the size and diversity of this population, neurodiverse-affirming care is an essential element of all competent, accessible care—and EMDR is no exception. Read case vignettes that affirm using EMDR therapy with neurodiverse clients in this article.

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2023 issue EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness of Go With That Magazine™️ by SarahRose Hogan, LCSW-R.

 


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