The FLASH Technique
Making intense trauma memories more accessible for EMDR Processing

“EMDR has transformed the way I do psychotherapy, and the FLASH Technique has transformed the way I do EMDR.”
-Lewis Engel, PhD, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Developed in mid- 2016, this technique is used during the preparation phase of EMDR, and allows clients to reduce the disturbance associated with extremely painful memories without actually feeling the pain. Defenses that are normally obstacles to processing are not activated because the process is not threatening or painful. Clients who dissociate have less need to dissociate and those who are afraid of the intensity of their memories can process without being afraid. Dramatic reductions in disturbance happen often in 5 to ten minutes. And, for clinicians, this technique is easy to learn and use.

A paper describing four cases utilizing FLASH is currently in press.
(Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, November, 2017)


Upcoming Trainings



Flash Technique Webinar

September 8th

9:00am - 5:00 pm PDT

Making intense trauma memories more accessible for EMDR Processing.

Advanced Flash Technique Webinar

September 22, 2018

9:00 am - Noon Pacific
(6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CEST)

This is an opportunity to improve your skills at doing the flash technique. Dr. Lewis Engel and I began teaching flash in October of 2017, and we are excited about how the technique has evolved and improved over that time. If you took one of our first webinars, we hope you have been pleasantly surprised at what you have been able to accomplish with it. But we also understand that you have probably run into some problems using the flash technique. Now that you have had experience working with it, we hope you can share the problems with us, and we hope to be able to offer some satisfying solutions. You will also be happy to know that Flash has become easier to use and results are now generally achieved more rapidly. We look forward to bringing you up to speed on these advances.


Thousands of providers have been trained in the Flash Technique, all over the world!


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