what is EMDR

What is EMDR and how is it going to be useful to me?

A growing body of evidence is showing that many psychological conditions, including depression, often start with a stressful or traumatic experience.  We are finding that EMDR Therapy with a Certified EMDR therapist can help significantly with symptoms of PTSD, phobias, depression, anxiety, panic, early and complex adverse experiences in childhood, and much more.  It also has a strong track record for performance enhancement in a wide variety of fields — school, work, business, sales, sports, the arts, and that Most Popular Fear of All Time: public speaking.

What is EMDR and Low Energy Neurofeedback System?

EMDR is a treatment, a therapy, that brings desired results in just a few sessions –with very little talking, without the use of drugs, without the use of “homework” between sessions– a treatment that is mainly used to cure PTSD or stress disorder –that array of negative feelings of body and mind that plagues and ruins the lives of many soldiers, rape victims, molested children, catastrophe’s survivors and other people who’ve suffered an important shock or trauma in their lives. This PSTD is somehow well known nowadays but for the longest time it was overlooked and for the longest time it was treated without much success or not at all. And still today many people don’t know of its existence or fail to recognize it in themselves or in their loved ones and are thus unable to seek help for it, let alone take advantage of a cure so incredibly simple and effective as EMDR.

Francine Shapiro happened to notice that when she was disturbed by something she would start feeling better if she moved her eyes. That’s how it all started. She created since then a whole, complex technique that has been adopted by many responsive therapists that, understanding the importance of her discovery and having in mind only the well-being of their patients, have added it to their practice even though by doing it they were acting against the orthodoxy of their own discipline. Although the uses of EMDR to address negative feelings and beliefs are well known, its use in the treatment of addictions and compulsions is far less known and studied and relatively new. Although there are ways of targeting irrational positive effect via EMDR until more recently, there seems not to have been an explanation of why someone might keep going back to the same behavior, over and over, even when the person knows that it is hurting them or others in their life. EMDR is approved as an effective treatment for PTSD by the respected American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, the Veteran’s Administration and almost all insurance companies. Learn more about transformational Trauma Therapies.

There are multiple things that LENS Neurofeedback can target and help improve. It is important to note that LENS Neurofeedback is not a specific treatment for anyone disorder but is an adjunct to mainstream medicine and not meant to replace it.

DeTUR™ : An Urge Reduction Protocol in Dealing with Addictions and Dysfunctional Behavior utilized in many military programs.

This protocol has been used effectively by EMDR therapists over the years in dealing with a wide range of addictions and behaviors, including substances, eating, gambling, sex, etc.. This presentation will consist of, didactic, visuals, demonstrations of the various phases with case examples from the author and other therapists. and case examples. Also addressed will be some of the many different pitfalls in dealing with this population and methods to deal with the problems.


DeTUR (Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing) is an urge reduction protocol used as the nucleus of an overall methodology in the treatment of a wide range of chemical addictions and dysfunctional behaviors. This method was developed and refined by the author by the author through actual client interaction and feedback from other EMDR trained therapists using the same protocol. It was initially introduced as a “stop smoking” protocol at the 1st EMDR conference in 1992.

This eclectic addiction treatment method is trauma based, combining client internal resources with external support including the 12 step model and other known and proven treatment methods as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, Erickson, thought field therapy, Satire, neuro-linguistic programming, etc.. The basis or foundation is the accelerated information processing using bi-lateral processing as outlined in EMDR to uncover and process the base trauma(s) or core issues as the underlying cause behind the addiction.

Though somewhat similar to the phases of EMDR, using history, assessment, diagnosis, and preparation of the client. DeTUR targets the triggers that bring up the uncomfortable feelings leading to the urges.  DeTUR phases also include client empowerment through resource accessing, installation of positive treatment goals, identification and desensitization of triggers, and techniques of relapse prevention. The purpose of the protocol is to uncover the core traumas and reprocess them through to completion. In achieving reprocessing the triggers no longer stimulate the need to use or act out and the new response becomes the positive treatment goal of coping and functioning successfully in life as determined by the client.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn the use of the DeTUR protocol through demonstrations, including:
  • Rapid techniques to aid clients in accessing their own inner resources.
  • Differences between positive goal (PG) and positive state (PS).
  • How to identify triggers
  • Methods to elicit positive goal.
  • How to anchoring the positive state into client’s philosophy.
  • How to segue from the DeTUR protocol to the EMDR model.
  • Techniques to aid client in handling relapse
Print Friendly, PDF & Email