Andrea completed EMDR training in England and has used Bi-lateral Eye Movement and Stimulation effectively within her practice with clients achieving great results. Over time the bi-lateral eye stimulation was adapted to become Visual Emotional Re-patterning (VER) and maybe used effectively within the hypnosis process or outside of it.
Our body is incredibly engineered so that within us all there is a system that is geared on a physiological level to process information to bring about balance and a good state of mental health. Normally negative emotions through this adaptive process are released, learning takes place and they are integrated to be available for future use. Where emotional events occur such as with trauma or stress, this system could possibly become unbalanced.
It has been noted that the use of bi-lateral stimulation through the eyes or other means can assist this system by processing and changing the information to an appropriate state of resolution.
Why Visual Emotional Re-Patterning (VER)?
Bi-Lateral Eye Movement experiments have shown to enhance the retrieval of memories that is associated with enhanced inter-hemispheric interactions. The lateral eye movements appear to disperse the unresolved emotional charge associated with events that enables the client to move past them so that thoughts and emotional triggers no longer have an impact.
It is thought that our bodies are constantly processing our emotions. The brain and body are intertwined systems that are constantly interacting with our environment that also includes the use of all five of our senses. The more senses are involved in an experience, the more the brain remembers it and the deeper the impact on our emotional systems. Traumatic experiences create long lasting physical and emotional impressions that are imprinted on our Limbic System and more so if they have been stored and compounded upon since childhood.
The Limbic System:
- sets the mind’s emotional tone,filters external events through our internal states,
- stores highly charged emotional memories,
- moderates motivation,
- controls appetite & sleep cycles,
- promotes bonding,
- directly processes the sense of smell and
- moderates libido.
There fore our emotional life is physically imprinted upon our bodies and it carries with it all our emotional sense memories from childhood. That is why when we experience a familiar smell, sound, or place it can create a flood of memories that can either be pleasant or it can challenge us to maintain our composure and this is where we can often feel like a child again.
We can Re-pattern our Limbic System through various therapeutic techniques to create new neural patterns to help regulate our neural system to improve our moods and lighten our emotional responses so that there are changes to the way we think about things.
Re-patterning = to change the behaviours, beliefs and negative emotions that comes from subconscious patterns or programming. The use of bi-lateral eye stimulation allows these patterns to emerge into conscious awareness so that they can be addressed. Our system is physiologically geared to process information so that on a physical, mental and emotional level, good health and wellbeing can be achieved.
When problems or issues commence, it is often a result of earlier experiences with many having a root cause in childhood; these are compounded and are set in motion when repeated. This may result in creating known or unknown belief systems, behaviour patterns and consequently a structure of identity.
In relation to Trauma, research has shown that when remembered the memory centres in the frontal lobe become less active or may even shut down and a person my get overwhelmed by feelings and impulses. The Limbic System responds with increased activity, especially in the Amygdala (has been called the brains smoke detector and is the emotional memory centre) and creates feelings as if we are in danger right now. The Brainstem (The reptilian brain) reacts instinctively to the Amygdala and like an alarm going off, the heart rate increases, hyperventilation may occur, muscles become tense and we either speed up or slow down.
So to treat any traumatic memories we stir up the thinking brain.
When the Frontal Lobe is more active it can identify the emotional and body responses as memory or flashbacks. It can then identify the body’s response and emotional reactions as just memory and it follows through by sending signals to the Limbic System that we are safe instead of in danger. The result is the Amygdala changes in thoughts; the emotions turn off and recognises the message as a memory that results in calming down any activity.
Correlation to Bi-Lateral Eye Movements:
Research on Bi-Lateral Eye Movements can be found through research completed on REM studies and EMDR.
Research suggests that bi-lateral eye movements have a robust and systematic effect on patterns of cortical activation and facilitates episodic memory via the corpus callosum mediated inter-hemispheric interactions. The right – left hand to eye movements selectively activate the contra-lateral hemisphere (Bakan & Svorad 1969) and it is reasoned that repeated bi-lateral eye movements should result in simultaneous activation of both hemispheres. REM studies via EEG readings support the theory that the bi-lateral eye movements facilitated inter-hemispheric interactions and it has been hypothesized that bi-lateral movements induce a specific neurological state.
In resent basic research to stimulate further applied memory researches it concluded bi-lateral eye movements induced changes in hemispheric activation that appear to have a systematic relationship with memory performance and the way information is retrieved.
The dominant theories that have emerged as a result of studies are:
- Eye movements have a tendency to interfere with working memories and reduce the emotionality and vividness of autobiographical memories.
- The eye movements are linked into the same processes as REM sleep
- The repetitive redirecting of bi-lateral eye stimulation induces a neurobiological state similar to that of REM sleep but in a waking state.
VISUAL EMOTIONAL RE-PATTERNING WORKSHOPS
The workshops are for Hypnotherapists or Therapists who use counselling.
Attendee numbers of workshops are limited for a greater learning experience.
PD attendance points are given through the Australian Hypnotherapy Association.
Imagine if you can:
• Effectively change the way your client thinks by changing the way they feel.
• Have a tool that is quick, simple and yet effective.
• Release the negative emotions and symptoms connected to emotionally charged events.
• Use a tool that is flexible and effective with clients with challenging issues.
• Feel more effective – What would that mean to you, your clients & your reputation?
• Explains the fundamentals of the practical application of Visual Emotional Re-patterning
• Broaden your skills to release, cravings, emotions and symptoms associated with emotionally charged events.
• Visual Anchoring
• How it can be used outside of or within the hypnotic process.
• Practice sessions to consolidate your knowledge of the process.
Workshops are conducted Australia wide.
For Workshop enquiries contact Andrea Lane on:
Phone: 0400 536553
Facebook: Andrea Lane – Health With Hypnotherapy
Testimonials of Course Attendees:
The training was well organised with training materials and I felt by the end of the course I was well prepared to use the technique on my own. LT
Keeping the group numbers limited made it a very safe and comfortable learning experience. The course answered all my questions about the process. BM
I thought the course was excellent as it was very practical and experiential. I wanted to learn a new tool to release feelings. CK
The course was excellent, fun and effective. HN
After a short talk on EMDR I have been waiting for a course in Australia. This course helped me understand it more and that is what I wanted. KC