Bryan Cumming's album (cover shown above) is a series of tracks of bilateral music created by the husband of an EMDR therapist and Nashville musician. This CD is designed to assist the EMDR community's mission of trauma recovery and healing. 

Roy Kiessling generously gave me Bryan Cummings' CD of bilateral music to try out and share.   I have been using it,  loving it and sold out the copies I had.  I play this music when I do EMDR Basic trainings and clinicians are really drawn to it. You can contact him directly at www.bryancummings.com to purchase the  CD for $15.     

      I have used different bilateral CD's for resourcing and self care and like them all for different reasons. I like Mark Grant's Calm and Confident (see Amazon/EMDR Resources) which is an ongoing talk/music meditation resource in his delightful Australian accent.   It's nice to have someone 'talk me through' a process of strengthening my adaptive neuronetworks in a relaxing way.  His latest is for Anxiety and includes a bilateral version for installing Safe/Calm Place, also available through Amazon.  It has several other segments rather than an ongoing meditation scripot like Calm and Confident.

      I also like David Grand's Biolateral CDs (www.biolateral.com). David is an internationally known EMDR therapist who appears on Shapiro's Looking through Mirrors DVD demonstration of EMDR and current teacher of Brainspotting. His CD's are music only with a techno track with no words. His bilateral CD's were among the first,  developed in the 90's and available on his website. My favorite is 'the Best of Bilateral II' which has different tracks that appeal to different clients/people. I had one client who listened to the 'oceanic sounds' track every night for sleep.

      Jan Schaad, a trainer/colleague of mine, uses Hemisync  (www.hemi-sync.com) binaural beats most frequently for resourcing, calming the unconscious mind thru bilateral music and sound stimulation.  You can hear these resources on YouTube or purchase through the website or amazon.com.

          I always demonstrate the various bilateral CD's with every client in my office first. I do this to test out how they react so that I can monitor impact as well as for them to decide what they might prefer.  If they have one they really like, I will tell them how to purchase it for themselves.  Clients seem to strongly prefer either the verbally guided CD or jus the music.

              In session with clients I use bilateral CD's to close down incomplete sessions, for self-care for those clients I know can stay in the present when stimulated by BLS (like we test out with Calm Place, where some clients can't sustain state change and move into the negative maladaptively stored memories).

           I encourage consultees to use it at the end of their day of therapy for self-care or as one person says "to take out the garbage' at the end of our day before they go home.Bryan's work is soothing guitar and instrumental music combined with waterfalls, rain and other sounds that you might find in other relaxation CD's.

In a future post, I hope to discuss and share various apps for our various technology, which also include wonderful bilateral resources.

Bonnie the Blogger