Super Resourcing: An EMDR Strategy for Healing Attachment Trauma

Super Resourcing (SR) is an effective strategy for healing attachment wounds. It offers a new way of thinking about and healing attachment trauma that is both creative and grounded in the current research on the neurobiology trauma and attachment issues repair. Accelerated Information Processing (AIP) is key in understanding the efficacy of EMDR. Negative neural networks (sensation, emotion, cognition) are activated with bilateral stimulation; the consequence is a more complete and time-efficient resolution. Super Resourcing is based on my discovery that the AIP model is just as effective in potentiating the positive matrix of sensations, emotions, cognitions as it is with negative matrix. SR is an expansion of the Resource and Interweave phases of EMDR. SR differs from EMDR in that it focuses on the person who experienced a trauma rather than the trauma itself. The neurological integration of positive resources facilitates an enhanced present-time experience of self. It maximizes the development of new and more positive neural networks. Drawing upon Attachment and Ego State theories, wounded parts are invited into and healed within the neurologically potentiated resourced field. Resolving the attachment wounds interwoven in trauma loosens it in the client’s psyche; it processes more easily, and less resistance, dissociation and looping occurs. When attachment wounds are resolved, there is a corresponding decrease in disturbance associated with the trauma. A systematic experience of well-being allows dissociation and fragmentation to heal and an experience of present-time wholeness becomes possible. SR challenges the assumption that reprocessing traumatic memories is necessary for their resolution. SR frequently takes the trauma out of trauma processing. Consequently, it is applicable to a wider range of clients for whom EMDR may not have been indicated. An understanding of SR’s procedural steps and its six applications is explored through lecture, PowerPoint, client videos and guided experiences.

Learning objectives:

1. Define SR and its roots in the EMDR tradition.
2. Identify similarities and differences between EMDR and SR Resourcing.
3. Integrate attachment and Ego state theories into SR.
4. Identify 6 applications for SR.
5. Discuss SR’s four phases and procedural steps.

Percentage of EMDR Content: 50%