With one of the main seeds of BPD being childhood trauma, this unusual therapy might be perfect for those of us with BPD in our adult life. This is not so much an independent form of therapy as it is mostly used in conjunction with EMDR Therapy, but some therapists are now starting to offer it without further EMDR Therapy being part of the sessions. This form of therapeutic intervention is rather controversial but does have some interesting results. Let’s find out a little more about it and where you might be able to do this therapy in the UK…
What is Flash Therapy?
Often called ‘The Flash Technique’ it is the process of flashing in and out of past memories rather than taking them head-on which for some can be over traumatic. It uses a method of monitoring eye movements and is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. To put it simply it is a method of finding the trigger points in your life that mostly relate to the current problems you are dealing with. Then, just as they get to the memory that is causing it they are flashed back to the real-world thus breaking the bonds that hold the person back.
Does Flash Therapy Work?
Putting past results as simply as I can this therapy can be a little hit & miss. Some people report feeling much better after this form of therapy while others really don’t feel any different at all. Sadly there is also a small proportion of people who do indeed feel worse after going through a rather heavily session. Most practising therapists put this down to the therapist themselves not being trained properly, but it doesn’t change the hit & miss results overall.
How Can I Get Flash Therapy Here in the UK?
The good news is there are several locations you can do this form of therapy, but sadly I am yet to hear of one funded on the NHS. Private is the only real way forward here, but if other trauma-based therapies have failed you it could well be worth trying this one. There is no sign of any government-run NHS trust running this now or in the future. Given its lower than usual success rate maybe that is for the best.
As with any of these BPD treatments before you might need to try a combination of them before you find that winning combination, but do stick with it. If you want any help or advice relating to BPD do drop me an email via the contact us page and one of our writers will answer it ASAP.