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Memory reconsolidation in this approach appears to work by very briefly bringing a wounding memory into consciousness and then immediately pushing it out of direct awareness using a containering and distancing exercise.  While the bad memory is in working memory but not in direct awareness, we focus on a positive scene and periodically visually disrupt our concentration on that positive scene using a series of guided and rapid blinks.  The therapist verifies that the positive scene is in focus and is not intersecting with the negative memory in any way. Over the course of 10-30 minutes (typically), this cycle of blinking in the calm scene and periodically reevaluating the changes in the memory can help move the memory from hot and activated memory space into more normal and less activated memory storage.  By the end of the process, the memory typically: feels like it happened when it did, does not cause somatic activation, elicits more positive cognitions about the self or the experience, and no longer appears as intrusive symptoms (flashbacks, trauma-related dreams, etc.).  This technique can do all of this without the client having to activate the memory significantly, with minimal preparatory resourcing, with minimal client distress, and with minimal client expenditure of energy in session.

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