#63 Dr. Deborah Korn on EMDR: A Proven Treatment for PTSD and Complex PTSD

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Dr. Deborah Korn is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an adjunct training faculty member at the Trauma Research Foundation in Boston. Dr. Korn is a senior faculty member at the EMDR Institute where she has been on staff for the past 28 years. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. EMDRIA is the organization focused on promoting, fostering, and preserving the highest standards of excellence and integrity in EMDR research, treatment, and education both in United States and internationally. Dr. Korn has authored, or coauthored numerous articles and chapters focused on EMDR therapy, including comprehensive reviews of EMDR applications with Complex PTSD. Her most recent book chapter, written with the developer of EMDR, Dr. Francine Shapiro, is included in the second edition of Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Adults, which was published in 2020. I encourage everyone to check out her new book Every Memory Deserves Respect: EMDR, the Proven Trauma Therapy with the Power to Heal that will be released on May 25th, 2021.

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy modality that has been shown to be effective with individuals who have experienced large "T" traumas (ex. car accident, combat) and small "t" traumas (ex. invalidating environment). It has eight phases of treatment including case conceptualization, treatment planning and information processing referred to as "Adaptive Information Processing" (AIP). AIP helps to transform traumatic maladaptive memories into adaptive memories using bilateral stimulation including eye movements and tapping. By learning new ways to cope and manage emotions in the presence of a trusted other, the client becomes able to rebuild a healthier perspective of the world and his or her self. In the assessment stage, the client will discuss their target memory along with any symptoms, negative thoughts or beliefs they may still be experiencing as a result of the traumatic experience. The intervention includes an intervention where the therapist guides the client’s eye movements from side to side using their fingers or even a light bar. They may even use tactile pulsers, or tappers as they are commonly called, which are placed in the hands for bilateral stimulation. The therapist will then guide the client through a process known as desensitization to help you fully process your negative feelings and begin to recognize that you no longer need to hold on to some of them. Once the experience is processed, future sessions are devoted to reinforcing and strengthening positive feelings and beliefs, and a client may even be able to think about the memory without experiencing the negative thoughts and emotions that brought them to therapy in the first place.

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Disclaimer: The information shared in this podcast is not a substitute for getting help from a mental health professional.

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