Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-IGTP)

EMDR-IGTP incorporates aspects of ASSYST, EMDR, and art therapy. It is a memory reprocessing and consolidation protocol, therefore is considered therapy. It is appropriate for adults or children and can be offer in-person as a group or with an individual. Used to address prolonged, repeated, or multiple adverse experiences, it can address symptoms such anxiety, overwhelm, burnout, or upsetting thoughts by and reducing the level of upset then updating the internal story. For example, if a participant begins a workshop with the thoughts "I'm in danger" within their memory network, they may leave with the thought and belief "I'm surviving". Facts have not changed however, perspective has, which can have a positive ripple effect on health.

Participants will:

-Learn about the stress response and how it affects mental health in the short and long term.

-Gain basic grounding techniques to help calm the body.

-Participate in the EMDR-IGTP protocol using the Butterfly Hug and aspects of art therapy to gain new insight and narrative linked to the stressful situation.

This protocol is a result of Dr. Jarero's evidence-based research, where the effectiveness of this approach has been proven in the following studies:

Research Articles

Kid's Drawing