This book includes explanations of the neuropsychology of psychological trauma; research highlights; practical techniques for relaxation & grounding; ways of resolving dissociative artifacts of trauma processing; release points for panic symptoms; transference checking & clearance procedures; setting up targets for session processing; getting the most out of OEI sessions; and procedures for use at home between sessions.
This handbook should not be used without the assessment and direction of a certified OEI therapist. These techniques may seem simple, and may be very effective for you. In contrast, they may cause negative, intense or unpredictable responses in others. Since you do not know the full range of such reactions, or the procedures necessary to alleviate or prevent them, it is not safe for you to use these techniques with others. Sometimes your therapist will provide direction and supervision that includes application to family members (spouses, children, parents). This must be at the discretion and with the guidance of your certified OEI therapist.
Your First OEI Session
Psychological Trauma and the Brain
OEI: Evidenced-Based Practice
Calming, Soothing, and Grounding
Progressive Muscular Relaxation
Positive Multi-Sensory Mental Imagery
Panic, Numbing, and Release Points
Core Trauma Symptoms vs Artifacts
Selecting and Preparing Targets
Making the Most of Your OEI Sessions
Processing Targets During Sessions
OEI Work Between Sessions & Self-Help at Home
Specialized Applications of OEI
Relationships and Groups
Body Pains and Tensions
Combining OEI with Other Therapies
Somatic (Body) Treatments
Gestalt Therapy & Psychodrama
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & REBT
OEI from the Client’s Perspective
About the Authors:
Dr. Rick Bradshaw has completed Level II EMDR training, and used EMDR for more than 5 years. Until August 1998 he had been employed for 10 years as the Senior Psychologist & Director of Training in the Counseling Service of Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). He left to pursue more creative, exciting and lucrative propositions! He has over 20 years of counseling & psychotherapy experience, and received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He has taught graduate courses for 10 years, and used One-Eye Techniques for 3-4 years.
Audrey Cook, M.Phil., has completed Level II EMDR training, and used EMDR for over 5 years. Her background is in Criminology. She spent 10 years in Corrections, mainly focused on reduction of occupational stress for staff members. She has devoted the past 15 years to stress management, trauma reduction and family therapy. Presently, her private practice primarily involves working with Native Canadians and multi-generational trauma survivors. She developed most of the One-Eye Techniques in this handbook, and has used them for 4-5 years.