The Flash Technique for Trauma Healing

Single Incident TraumaThe Flash Technique was originated from EMDR and is a approach to reduce disturbing life events and distressing memories. The Flash Technique is a minimally intrusive intervention that does not require the client to consciously engage with the traumatic memory. This technique allows clients to process traumatic memories without feeling distress.

It is useful in a wide variety of presenting complaints including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, mild and severe dissociation, depression and more.

The Flash Technique can reduce the distress of a memory or disturbing experience “enough” so that further processing of the trauma with EMDR therapy is easier to tolerate.

I have advanced training in the Flash Technique and I use it with many of my clients. I have found it particularly useful with clients who have experienced Recent Traumatic Events, clients who are experiencing grief, First Responders and clients with Complex Trauma and dissociation.

It is powerful, easily tolerated and works quickly!

With the Flash Technique I help clients to identify the traumatic memory or experience that is created their symptoms. Then clients are asked to bring up a positive and engaging memory, activity, music or visualization. Periodically clients are asked to “Flash” blinking multiple times while also focusing on the engaging activity. This procedure helps memory to process without the client consciously attending to the original disturbing memory.

Like EMDR, the Flash Technique utilizes eye movements or alternating tapping and is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain.

The Flash Technique was developed by Phillip Manfield, PhD. To learn more about the Flash Technique click here.