About the Session
This presentation draws a direct parallel between EMDR and a classic psychological theory: object relations. Throughout history, humankind has grappled with how to navigate the internal battle between “good and bad.” Object relations theorists posit that improving object relations will not only relieve clients from past traumas, but also serve, in the words of W.R.D. Fairbairn, as “mental immunization therapy” against future stressors. Citing the works of the preeminent object relation theorists, this presentation outlines how the eight-phases of EMDR both neutralize internalized bad objects and enhance internalized good object relations to promote mental well being.
Learning Objective 1
Participants will be able to explain the major tenants of object relations theory.
Learning Objective 2
Participants will be able to identify how EMDR can neutralize internalized bad object relations.
Learning Objective 3
Participants will be able to outline how EMDR can enhance internalized good object relations.