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anni wakerley February 22nd, 2006 09:32 AM

olfactory cues
Has anyone else had experience of working with intrusive smells resulting from trauma using EMDR? I was working with a couple who had been held up at gunpoint in their home and the husband was troubled by various smells associated with the hold-up.

Sandra Paulsen February 22nd, 2006 05:01 PM

Re: olfactory cues
Surely. Its very common for olfaction to be an issue in PTSD. Any of the following channels can be dissociated at the time of trauma: visual, olfactory, kinesthetic, behavioral, auditory, taste, cognitive, emotional. They breakthrough in dreams or flashes indicating, like a sliver, it wants out. EMDR can enable that raw material to be processed to resolution. Voila, No more flashbacks.

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