Integrative eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and family therapy model for treating attachment trauma: Possibilities in the New Zealand context (Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologist)

This article presents an integrative approach for attachment trauma using EMDR therapy components.

Read More

Foundations of the Positive Affect Tolerance Protocol: The Central Role of Interpersonal Positive Affect in Attachment and Self-Regulation (Journal of EMDR Practice and Research)

Foundations of the Positive Affect Tolerance Protocol: The Central Role of Interpersonal Positive Affect in Attachment and Self-Regulation

This article by Andrew Leeds, Ph.D. shows how research has highlighted the negative effects of early neglect and abuse on the development of emotional self-regulation and attachment.

Article Abstract

“Research has highlighted the negative effects of early neglect and abuse on the development of emotional self-regulation and attachment. Attention has focused more on negative affect states related to past adverse and traumatic experiences than on the deactivating effects of the absence of early shared positive affect states from parent-infant play, warmth, and affection. Treatment strategies for survivors of early neglect and abuse have focused on methods to metabolize memories of traumatic events. Skills development models have emphasized the benefits of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness training for patients with persistent negative affect states. Research on the benefits of therapeutic interventions intended to increase positive affect indicates they promote prosocial behaviors and creativity, broaden the scope of attention, reduce emotional symptoms and behavioral problems, and improve physical health. Within the field of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, procedures to increase positive affect have generally focused on resource development and installation procedures intended to increase access to positive affect-related memories and images. A neglected clinical issue is the inability of survivors of early neglect to tolerate and integrate actual positive interpersonal experience into positive emotional states, interpersonal scripts, or self-concepts. These deficiencies, characteristic of those with dismissing insecure attachment, help produce and maintain profound psychological, medical, and social problems that limit the ability of patients with these histories from progressing in psychotherapy. This article explores research supporting the potential benefits of an EMDR-related procedure, the positive affect tolerance (PAT) and integration protocol, along with possible mechanisms by which the PAT protocol in general, and its bilateral stimulation procedures, might produce clinical benefits for survivors of early neglect. Case vignettes illustrate the potential challenges of implementing and the potential impact of the PAT protocol. Research designs and assessment tools are described that could clarify the potential benefits of the PAT protocol compared to other treatments designed to increase positive affect.”

—Description from publisher

Article Access

Free Access for EMDRIA Members or Purchase/Subscription Required

Leeds, A. M. (2023). Foundations of the Positive Affect Tolerance Protocol: The Central Role of Interpersonal Positive Affect in Attachment and Self-Regulation. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 17(3), 139–158. https://doi.org/10.1891/EMDR-2023-0006

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More

EMDR Therapy, Complex Trauma and PTSD

Professor Paul W. Miller, M.D. discusses how complex trauma can impact someone, whether PTSD is always a given, and how EMDR can improve their lives – even patients with Schizophrenia.

Read More

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy and Change in Attachment Security: A Pilot Study (Journal of EMDR Practice and Research)

This study explores changes in attachment security in a sample of adults who received EMDR therapy for PTSD/C-PTSD.

Read More

EMDR Therapy, Men and Attachment Disorders

EMDR therapist and Consultant-in-Training Marcken Volmy, LMHC, LPC, NCC discusses attachment disorders in men and how they can break the macho line of thought about therapy.

Read More

Testing an attachment- and trauma-informed intervention approach for parents and young children after interparental violence: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial (BMC Trials)

Effective treatment combinations for traumatized parents and their young children after interparental violence.

Read More

EMDR and Attachment-Focused Trauma Therapy for Adults: Reclaiming Authentic Self and Healthy Attachments (Springer, 2022)

Strengths-based, Attachment-Focused Trauma Therapy for Adults (AFTT-A) that facilitates healthier attachment patterns for adult clients.

Read More

Transforming Personality & Attachment Patterns: PAC System & EMDR Therapy

Through EMDR resource work, unmet childhood needs for nurturing and protection can be met within clients themselves.

Read More

Preparing Dysregulated, Dissociative, Attachment – Wounded Clients for EMDR

This workshop introduces ego state therapy concepts for stabilizing dysregulated, dissociative, attachment-wounded clients in EMDR Phase 2.

Read More

Tratamiento de la Dependencia Interpersonal con EMDR-AIP

Inicialmente desarrollada para abordar el trauma agudo y el PTSD, la terapia EMDR ha demostrado ser extremadamente efectiva en una gran variedad de pacientes. Sin embargo, en pacientes con presentaciones complejas, se requiere adaptar el protocolo estándar.

Read More

The therapeutic relationship in EMDR therapy (Frontiers in Psychology)

Parallels between the therapeutic relationship and the development and core features of an attachment based relationship are discussed.

Read More

Dissociation in Children: A Multimodal Approach to EMDR Therapy

Dissociation in Children: A Multimodal Approach to EMDR Therapy

Dissociation in itself and specifically the treatment of dissociation in children is an emerging field. The recognition of the roles that disorganized attachment and trauma during critical periods of growth play in the development of dissociative processes has brought attention to the grave consequences of adverse childhood experiences.

Learn more in this article from the Fall 2021 issue EMDR Therapy & Dissociation Challenges of Go With That Magazine™️ by Ana M. Gómez, MC, LPC.

 


This content is restricted for members only. Please or Join EMDRIA.

 

 

Read More