USING EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING TO ENHANCE TREATMENT OF COUPLES

Authors


  • Howard Protinsky, PhD, is Professor and Director, Jenifer Sparks, MEd, is a doctoral candidate, and Kimberly Flemke, MFT, is a doctoral candidate, Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program, Virginia Tech, 840 University City Blvd., Suite 1 (0515), Blacksburg, VA 24061; e-mail: hprotins@vt.edu.

Abstract

Eye Movement Desenitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a clinical technique may enhance treatment effectiveness when applied within a couple therapy approach that is emotionally and experientially oriented. Clinical experience indicates that EMDR-based interventions are useful for accessing, activating, tolerating, and reprocessing the intense emotions that often fuel dysfunctional couple, interactions. Using EMDR within conjoint to reprocess negative emotions can amplify intimacy, increase connection, and subsequently lead to a change in problematic relationship patterns.

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