Developed in mid- 2016, this technique is used
during the preparation phase of EMDR, and allows clients to reduce
the disturbance associated with extremely painful memories without
actually feeling the pain. Defenses that are normally obstacles to
processing are not activated because the process is not
threatening or painful. Clients who dissociate have less need to
dissociate and those who are afraid of the intensity of their
memories can process without being afraid. Dramatic reductions in
disturbance happen often in 5 to ten minutes. And, for clinicians,
this technique is easy to learn and use.
A paper describing four cases utilizing flash has been published in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.
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