Linking two cutting-edge approaches to form a robust healing model.
Polyvagal Theory and EMDR are two well-respected theoretical and practical models with immense implications for therapeutic practice. Polyvagal-Informed EMDR outlines a comprehensive approach for integrating Polyvagal Theory into EMDR Therapy. Individually, each model offers powerful pathways to healing. Combined, these models supercharge therapy and the recovery process.
The integration of Polyvagal Theory within the eight phases of EMDR Therapy offers the psychotherapist a robust, dynamic, neuro-informed framework for case conceptualization, treatment planning, and client transformation. The approach applies not only to work with trauma and PTSD, but also in the treatment of addictions, anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, and adjustment disorders.
EMDR therapists will find a method that maintains fidelity to the evidence-based practice of EMDR and aligns with current neuroscience research. Topics covered include the nervous system and toxic stress, neuroception, adaptive memory networks and autonomic resiliency, neuro-informed history taking, and the importance of therapeutic presence. Clinical interventions, scripts, and handouts are included for all eight phases of EMDR, as well as case examples and opportunities for experiential practice.
This is the first book to treat these topics together: assessing complex material and presenting it in an approachable, engaging manner.
About the Author
Rebecca Kase, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in Washington state. She is an EMDR consultant and trainer who has been practicing EMDR since 2006. She owns Rebecca Kase & CO, Training and Consultation, and has an online counseling practice. She was recognized as the top EMDR and trauma trainer for therapists by Stellar Business in 2023.
Polyvagal-Informed EMDR is a cutting-edge book that skillfully blends two of the world’s leading theoretical trauma models with great sophistication, yet practical steps. This is a must-have book for all EMDR clinicians to enhance their clinical practice to the next level. Rebecca Kase demonstrates the power of thinking outside the box to help transform new pathways of healing trauma.
— Les Aria, PhD, chief science officer of Menda Health
Polyvagal-Informed EMDR makes perfect sense. As an integrative treatment approach, EMDR therapy focuses on all components of a memory, including the impact of adverse experiences on the nervous system. Rebecca Kase provides a clear description of Polyvagal Theory and specific interventions to apply directly to the eight phases of the EMDR Standard Protocol. She explores the linkages between autonomic responses, the storage of memory, and a variety of clinical presentations. Using PVT interventions, EMDR clinicians can optimize healthy biological responses and utilize them intentionally throughout EMDR therapy.
— Rosalie Thomas, PhD, senior faculty, EMDR Institute, past president, EMDR International Association
Every EMDR trainer, consultant, and practitioner should read Polyvagal-Informed EMDR. This clearly-written book brings somatic and attachment lenses and procedures to every part of the EMDR protocol. It reminds us that clients’ needs for connection, safety, and safe presence supersede the therapists’ needs for immediate trauma processing. It gives us specific language and actions to create and keep the all-important dual attention that allows trauma processing to work. After 29 years in the EMDR world, I see this as the best new lens through which to see and do our good work.
— Robin Shapiro, EMDRIA approved consultant, trainer, and practitioner