The body remembers: Early trauma and EMDR

Jacqueline Janssen

Chair(s): Birgit Schulz

Saturday 18 june 2016

14:00 - 14:45h at Yangtze 1

Categories: Body, Childhood trauma

We do not have explicit memories of events early in our lives. The experiences early in life, even before birth, are stored as implicit memory in the body and the brain. Early trauma can have an immense impact on the development of the brain. It effects self-regulation, self-image and the capacity for having relationships.

Early interactions between mother (also father) and child influences the development of the stress system in the young child on a behavioral and physiological level.

A safe attachment in early childhood can be helpful to handle stressful situations in adulthood, whereas fear and uncertainty early in life can increase the (early) attachment needs, such as love, affection and trust.

How to detect the early traumatic experiences in our clients and how to treat them with EMDR, both in children as in adults will be illustrated with clinical vignettes and video's.


In the EMDR-treatment it will become clear:

• What are the basic needs which are not met early in life

• How this still influences life in adulthood

• How these needs become evident as a bodily awareness

• That the relationship therapist – client is of great importance

• How we can change the self-image and self-regulation with cognitive interweaves.


Learning objectives

1. Showing the impact of preverbal trauma.

2. Demonstrate how to focus on the implicit memories.

3. Introducing EMDR as an approach that integrates bottom-up and top-down parts of the brain and helps the client to fullfill their basic needs

More information

  • Location(s)
  • plattegrond Yangtze 1