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EMDR: Creating sustainable change from the inside out

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

EMDR Eye Movement Desensitisation And Reprocessing

I'm Janine Eden-Riley. Here’s a sample of my latest work on EMDR. Fundamentally, EMDR is about creating lasting, sustainable change from the inside out:

The Conversation Of Gestures

Events occur to us in the process of forming and being formed and the conversation of gestures, which is a process that describes how we become who we are and become aware of our mind.

Information can come at a person that is too much for them – it is too quick or too unfamiliar to be processed adequately. A big part of a child’s story is the unique way they protect themselves psychologically. They take responsibility for events, then what comes into play is the impact that has on their sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Unresolved Information

Information gets laid down in the neural nets - our memory bank - that are unresolved, insufficiently processed, often inaccurate and disturbing. An example of this is a sense of time can be distorted when people feel threatened, or people don’t respond to a situation when they think they should, which is actually controlled by the nervous system. These inactions can cause people to feel guilt, shame and inadequacy when in reality there wasn’t a choice. A different operating system comes into action. This material, which could be a sense of shame, or altered perceptions of risk, etc, sits in the background and guides or triggers our actions from our subconscious. These actions are directed from our defence mechanisms, rather than rational and usual action directed from the frontal part of the brain. The reactions involve / incorporate the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

My hypothesis is that this reaction, driven by defences, has an impact on everyday interactions because it’s not aware, chosen behaviour. Recognition of subtle everyday triggers can create reactions that limit our capacity to respond, relate and communicate.

My next theme is that talking doesn’t access this level of data storage, as it’s held in the subconscious, which is why Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) can be so very helpful. It allows access to the information that’s stored in the background, unawarely, or partially unawarely.

Dealing With Inadequately Processed Memories

What I see in practice is that when neural nets are cleared of unprocessed, or inadequately incorporated memory, people function better, and by better I mean the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system is working optimally and appropriately to current situations, not in response to challenging historical incidents. This allows people to flex their behaviour in the here and now.

All of this has implications on change, development, communication and how we work with people.


For more information about how EMDR would work to maximise the potential of people inside your organisation, contact Janine Eden-Riley MSc, Dip Counc, Cert Ed, LHEP, CEO Founder & CEO of Thrive Future


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