Listen in to hear Jen and Bridger’s discussion on the importance of case conceptualization and how this is relevant in EMDR therapy.
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At Beyond Healing, we believe good therapy comes from good case conceptualization.
- The more that we understand the ‘why’ and the ‘how’, then we can understand as a therapist of which direction we need to go.
- We are looking at the human being in front of us, not just as a person, but a biological organism.
- It’s more about looking at this person and all their cumulative experiences that have shaped them into the person that they are today.
- AIP- How a person shows up in the present is from their experiences in the past.
- We as humans are constantly adaptive.
Humans are Mammals:
- We are biological, mammalian organisms.
- Mammals birth live young, rely on social relationships and live in community.
- Understanding that we are mammals allows us to see why social connection and relationships are so vital to our survival.
- Toxic relationships- being alone is more terrifying than the toxicity of a relationship.
Why does this matter for the 8 Phase Protocol in EMDR?
- It will begin to highlight what relational resources are vital for reprocessing.
- Helps us understand why certain targets and early relational trauma influence the processing of new experiences.
Case conceptualization example:
- Sexual trauma and shame
- Repressed affect and cognitive story
- This isn’t about blaming the parents but rather understanding that while their parents may have done their best, there were some needs that weren’t met in the necessary way.
- “We are good enough to stay together, we know how to please each other, but it comes at a cost.” This then causes the need for strategy.
- If their strategies were not created, our systems would feel that we could not maintain vital social relationships that are so necessary for our survival as mammals.
- Excuse making/ redirecting by the client to make sure that the therapist doesn’t think badly of their parents. What does this mean?
Why does a trauma target exist?
- The system cannot contextualize it in a way that is conducive to our vital needs of safety and connection.
- The organism feeling fear and shame.
- Looking at each experience and how they formed this system.
- Staying curious about the story and how the story unfolded.
- Not necessarily about “What did you think about it?” but “How did you feel about it?”
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