We will explore the workings of the working memory load principle in EMDR, the mechanism of exposure therapy, and the reasons behind the effectiveness of their union. Moreover, we’ll discuss how to seamlessly merge exposure and EMDR in treatment, leveraging the strengths of both approaches.
EMDR therapy employs the working memory load principle to aid in processing traumatic memories. This involves recalling a distressing memory while engaging in working memory taxing dual attentino tasks, such as eye movements. This dual-tasking taxes the working memory, interupting the reconsolidation process, and diminishing the emotional intensity and vividness of the memory, thereby facilitating easier processing and reframing.
Exposure therapy, a key component in cognitive-behavioral therapy, is primarily used for anxiety disorders. It involves gradually and repeatedly exposing clients to their feared object, situation, or memory in a safe environment. This method diminishes the fear response over time, helping clients overcome their anxiety or distress.
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