Sensorimotor-Focused EMDR: A New Paradigm for Psychotherapy and Peak Performance

Author(s) : Arthur G. O'Malley

Sensorimotor-Focused EMDR: A New Paradigm for Psychotherapy and Peak Performance

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 334
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 94051
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138346239
  • ISBN 10 : 9781138346

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Sensorimotor-Focused EMDR combines two hugely influential and effective therapies, EMDR therapy and sensorimotor psychotherapy, to provide a new approach. In doing so, the book supports the widely held view of psychotherapists that in trauma the primary store of neurological information is somatic rather than cognitive. Many therapists trained in EMDR find that additional resources are needed for patients who present with symptoms of complex trauma and dissociation. This is because EMDR is primarily a top-down approach based on CBT, with the addition of bilateral stimulation (BLS) in visual, tactile and auditory modalities. By contrast, Sensorimotor-Focused EMDR takes a body-based and bottom-up approach that seeks to resolve trauma by reprocessing information at multiple levels - in the gut-brain, the heart-brain and the head-brain, as well as in the endocrine, immune and nervous systems. Fully revised since The Art of BART (2015), the book looks at the latest advances in neuroscience, including research into the effectiveness of psychotherapy and the mysteries of consciousness and the development of mind. It also looks at the role of newly discovered organs, the mesentery and the interstitium, and provides clear anatomical evidence for the communication of biophotons in energy channels known as the primo vascular system. SF-EMDR is the only therapy that fully integrates Western theories of affective neuroscience with Eastern observations on activation of chakras, pranas and energies, and in doing so it offers strong potential for enhanced outcomes and optimized performance for patients.

About the Author(s)

Arthur G. O’Malley has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS and private sector since 2004, and became an EMDR consultant in 2008. In 2011, he was elected to the fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has presented widely in the fields of trauma, neglect and the developing brain, attachment disorders, personality disorders, emotional dysregulation in ADHD, and on the diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorders. With colleagues, he also ran a parent and infant mental health clinic in an adult mental health inpatient ward where he first developed the “Art of BART” therapeutic approach.

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