Special Topic Webinar: LENS, EMDR & Somatic Psychotherapy

Part 2 – The Body, Developmental Trauma
Hosted by Ulrich Lanius, Ph.D.

Length: 2 hours

Developmental Trauma is often challenging to treat and the use of a single therapeutic modality is often insufficient to achieve symptom remission. It is suggested that integrating LENS with more traditional trauma treatment interventions yields promise for enhancing treatment outcomes. Part 2 specifically focuses on Bottom-up interventions like Body LENS and the use of LLLT (Photonic Stimulator) and their integration with EMDR and Somatic Psychotherapy.

Case studies are presented to demonstrate the integration of Body LENS into standard trauma treatment interventions. Particularly emphasis is on how such interventions can be interwoven and integrated with more traditional trauma treatment interventions, such EMDR and Somatic Psychotherapy. It is proposed that the addition of Body LENS can assist in increasing therapeutic response, particularly with regard to somatosensory flashbacks and intractable pain.

In addition, an innovative approach that integrates the use of LLLT, specifically near-infrared (NIR) incoherent light for reducing pain and intractable physiological/body sensations during EMDR processing and Somatic Psychotherapy is described and additional case studies are presented. It is suggested that the addition of this technology to EMDR and Somatic Psychotherapy may increase and deepen EMDR treatment effects. This is most evident when strong somatic sensations and/or pain insufficiently respond to the standard protocol or a specific pain protocol.


Ulrich F. Lanius, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Dr. Ulrich F. Lanius is a Registered Psychologist in West Vancouver, BC with a practice in Clinical and Neuropsychology. He has a particular interest in the effects of attachment and trauma, as well as brain-behaviour relationships in general. Dr. Lanius specializes in the treatment of trauma, dissociation and attachment. Working from a client-centered perspective, he has been at the cutting edge of integrating mindfulness-based approaches, EMDR, body-focused therapy and ego-state interventions with neurotherapy, specifically LENS neurofeedback. He also has a special interest in opioid antagonists and their therapeutic effects and he has been a pioneer in the use of low dose naltrexone (LDN) as an adjunctive intervention for dissociative symptoms. Dr. Lanius is a Fellow of the International Society of Trauma and Dissociation. He has presented both in North America, as well as internationally. He has written a number of articles and book chapters on both the treatment and the neurobiology of traumatic stress syndromes with a particular focus on dissociation including The Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation: Toward an Embodied Self.

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