EMDR Therapy as an Approach to Treating Trauma
“Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. Scientific research has established EMDR therapy as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of panic attacks, complicated grief, dissociative disorders, disturbing memories, phobias, pain disorders, performance anxiety, stress reduction, addictions, sexual and/or physical abuse, body dysmorphic disorders, and personality disorders. (The EMDR International Association)
During this presentation, Laurie Furman, LCSW, Sheri Rezak- Irons, LCSW, and Alynn McManus, LCSW will present the ways in which they use EMDR Therapy in their practices. They will discuss case conceptualization, treatment approaches, and the various protocols they use with different populations.
This hour-long panel discussion will help therapists understand a variety of approaches to treating trauma. The panelists will cover issues ranging from case conceptualization to clinical interventions.
The panelists include:
- Sheri Rezak-Irons, LCSW
- Laurie Furman, LCSW
- Alynn Schmitt McManus, LCSW
All three panelists are highly experienced and certified EMDR practitioners.