Are you eating the food, or is the food eating you? Is your food serving you, or does your whole life revolve about what your body looks like, or whether you eat, when you eat, what to eat, or “OMG I can’t stop eating”?
Robert Miller, PhD has researched his treatment, called the “Feeling State Addictions Protocol (FSAP),” with promising results.
Food issues can be life threatening, so when a breakthrough therapy comes up, I believe it is important to share the good news effectively. The FSAP is based on the fact that we would not have an addiction if it didn’t do something positive for us. It gives us some intensely positive feeling. Many treatments ignore this simple fact. Perhaps this is why relapse is commonplace.
One of my clients with an eating disorder was ready to work on it, becauses she needs to lose weight in order to have a surgery she really wants. Fortunately, I’d just taken Dr. Miller’s FSAP training in May 2012. So, I asked her to identify her best experience with food.
For her it was when she was young, and went out to eat with church friends at a smorgasbord restaurant. Most intense moment? When she was surrounded by happy loving people and a big plate of prime rib was delivered to her. Her positive feeling state: being connected with happy, loving people (she’d been abused by a rageaholic all her life). As we processed with EMDR she said, “I’m pushing my plate away, and I’m drinking water and enjoying all the happy, loving people.” The connection between the behavior of eating and the feeling state of being connected with happy, loving people reduced from a 10 out of 10 (the strongest connection possible) to a 5 in one session.
She realized she could be connected with happy, loving people and the food was incidental. She was starting to lose interest in it. However, she will still be able to eat, of course. She will gradually just become free from obsession and compulsion about food.
Robert Miller has found this protocol makes people lose interest in their addiction, whether to substances or behaviors, in 5-6 sessions. To read more about it, please read an article by Susan Brown, LCSW, BCD. Afterwards, please check out our directory of Certified EMDR Therapists in San Diego or in any of our other cities and regions which we serve. Many San Diego therapists took his training, and it will be listed in their specialties as the FSAP Protocol.
If you are in other areas, stay posted. He is coming to Berkeley in June, Los Angeles in September, and Seattle in October, 2012. Many of your local Certified EMDR therapists should then be on board with this breakthrough therapy. Please refer your Certified EMDR therapist to Dr. Robert Miller, so he or she will be one of the first in your area to be trained. Dr. Miller only trains EMDR therapists, because trauma is often underneath addictions and needs a well-prepared and trained EMDR therapist to help the client safely process and “put to rest” the trauma.