EMDR Flash Technique and Dyadic Resourcing

EMDR Flash Technique Works to Resolve Trauma MemoriesA new EMDR-related treatment known as the ‘Flash Technique’, developed by Philip Manfield, is causing quite a stir in EMDR circles, because it seems to work so effectively and is such a simple treatment to deliver.  It does not require the subject to be focusing on their trauma memory in order to work, so it is also better tolerated by clients than ‘traditional’ EMDR.  This in turn means that severely traumatic memories can be defused to some extent, with very little discomfort for the client,  preparing the client for later administration of the full EMDR treatment.

The Flash Technique is a very fast and effective in reducing the subjective distress caused by a trauma memory, although not all target memories will be suitable for this approach.  It works best with specific, isolated bad memories, rather than complex and interwoven trauma memories.   Check out the videos on the right-hand side of Philip Manfield’s website for examples of this treatment.

I recently completed some training with Graham Taylor, head of the EMDR Association of Australia, in use of the Flash Technique. Early trials with several of my clients have produced extremely positive results, with the trauma memories becoming less intrusive and disturbing within just a few minutes of the Flash Technique treatment.  Client ratings of distress associated with the trauma memories reduced in most cases by 5 to 6 points (on a 10-point scale), which I am sure you would agree is quite remarkable.

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