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Monday, 18 November 2013

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Dear Belleruth,

I am an EMDR therapist [Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing].  I am thinking that using alternating bilateral stimulation during a guided imagery session would intensify positive affect.  

Any experience or research to support this idea? Whatís your opinion?

John McCardle PhD.

Dear John,

Iím not yet aware of any research on this, but Iíve heard from many therapists, especially those treating posttraumatic stress, that this is a great idea.  Bilateral tapping on alternating knees  (or with arms crossed in a butterfly hug, tapping the upper arms on alternating sides) seems to increase the positive impact of each therapy in a lovely synergistic way. 

Evidently this combination is such a natural that it seems to have independently occurred to a lot of practitioners.  Hopefully the research will soon follow.

Similarly, some encourage their clients to do any of the tapping protocols along with their guided imagery, from TFT (Thought Field Therapy) or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to TAT (Tapas Accupressure Technique).  

I would encourage you to try it and see for yourself how you or your clients respond to it.  From everything Iíve heard, itís a dynamite combination.

Thanks for asking.  And if you remember, please let me know how it goes.

All best,

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written by Peggy Moore, November 19, 2013
I am an EMDR therapist and Trainer and I have been combining the two for several years now and my experience has been that it does enhance the guided imagery.

written by Ellen Hicks, November 19, 2013
Speaking of tapping, does anyone have any evidence (research or anecdotal) that it helps people with Parkinson's Disease? (I was diagnosed with Parkinson's two years ago. And, even though I take the prescribed medication, I'm always on the look-out for alternative therapies that might help.) Thanks.
written by Belleruth, November 20, 2013
I'll take a fresh look in PubMed (which you can do too as well, over at - your tax dollars at work!), but off the top of my head, I know of a study showing that choral singing helps with Parkinson's symptoms as does guided imagery. But it's probably time for a fresh look anyway...

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