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An accessible guide to an integrated form of therapy combining Internal Family Systems (IFS) and eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR). It provides an overview of IFS and demonstrates the benefits of integrating IFS into EMDR therapy to treat clients with complex trauma and dissociation, incorporating a neuropsychological rationale.
Contributors include Zandra Bamford and Bruce Hersey.
Due to be published in September 2023.
Paperback, e-Book, Print & e-Book
Psychology, Psychotherapy, Trauma & Abuse
This informative book examines a form of therapy for working with clients with complex trauma and dissociation which integrates two therapeutic modalities: Internal Family Systems (IFS) and eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR). It begins with a lucid overview of IFS and its steps and key principles. It then addresses how IFS can be integrated in all phases of the standard EMDR protocol in order to deliver EMDR within a safe systemic framework, while offering neuropsychological rationale for integrating the two therapies.
An array of leading experts explore from an IFS perspective the various nuances of complex trauma, including dissociation, which may influence the process of EMDR and pose obstacles to the client and therapist. Through case transcripts and analysis of the therapist’s role when working with complex trauma clients, the book demonstrates how a basic understanding of IFS can be used by EMDR clinicians to repair attachment ruptures, increase reorganization of internal states, and access the ‘Self’ as a powerhouse of healing. It is an absolute must-read for EMDR clinicians working with clients with complex trauma or dissociation.
Dr Millia Begum is a Consultant Psychiatrist (member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) with twenty-two years of experience working with adult mental health and eighteen years-worth of expertise in EMDR therapy. Her focus is on complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. She is trained in Internal Family Systems and uses the IFS-informed EMDR therapy approach for working with all complexities of trauma. She is currently an EMDR facilitator, a supervisor, and a board member and trustee of the EMDR Association (United Kingdom).
Dr Begum has published journal articles on a range of mental health issues, written chapters on using EMDR in specialised conditions such as olfactory reference syndrome and body dysmorphic disorder, and was part of the research team that published an important study comparing EMDR and EFT; this study was one of the few included in the NICE UK guidelines for PTSD.
About the editor and contributors
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Trauma, complexity and protective armours
Chapter 3: Memory and integration
Chapter 4: Introducing Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Chapter 5: Steps of the IFS model
Chapter 6: EMDR in complex trauma
Chapter 7: Transcending EMDR: dual meets with the ‘nondual’
Chapter 8: Principles and clinical applications of an IFS-informed EMDR approach
Chapter 9: Revisiting contemporary dissociation
Chapter 10: IFS and dissociation
Chapter 11: A phased-oriented IFS-EMDR approach for clients with dissociative identity disorder
Chapter 12: EMDR therapists and parts
Chapter 13: An IFS-informed assessment phase: IFS and EMDR at the nexus of memory reconsolidation
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