About This Course
Roger M. Solomon, Ph.D.
EMDR therapy is an evidence based therapeutic approach for treatment of trauma. The Adaptive Information Processing Model, which guides EMDR therapy posits that present symptoms result from distressing experiences that are maladaptively stored in the brain, unable to be fully processed and integrate within the wider memory network (Shapiro, 1995, 2001, 2018). EMDR therapy is an eight phase method that involves processing the past memories underlying present problems, present triggers, and installing a future template for adaptive behavior. EMDR can be utilized to not only treat major trauma but also the ubiquitous “seemingly small” but quite impactful memories (e.g. mother’s angry look, asking dad for help but he ignores me). Such memories underlie negative beliefs such as “I am not good enough”, “I’m not loveable”, “I am powerless”, or “I am not safe”.
Disorganized attachment occurs when the caregiver is both the source of safety and terror, and underlies complex PTSD and dissociative disorders (Brown and Elliot, 2018). Not only does the trauma (abuse or neglect) have to be treated, but also the traumatic attachment to the abuser. EMDR can be utilized to treat both the trauma and the traumatic attachment
This workshop will present basic principles of EMDR therapy, and illustrate how traumatic attachment can be treated with clients who have been sexually abused. Video presentations of sessions will illustrate treatment principles.