EMDR: Safety and Stabilization

When and with whom do we use EMDR?

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD

In addition to improved practice outcomes, effective integration of EMDR can lead to the long-term trauma resolution that your clients so desperately desire. But we need to stop and ask: when and with whom do we use EMDR?

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD met with internationally recognized experts to discuss the right applications for EMDR. In this short video, you'll hear from Bessel van der Kolk, Babette Rothschild, Peter A. Levine, Belleruth Naperstek, Robin Shapiro, and David Grand on their experiences of using EMDR with clients.

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Meet the Expert:
Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD, is president of Integrative Trauma Treatment, LLC, in Havertown, PA. She provides clients an integrative approach to trauma, and treats PTSD in adolescent and adult populations, including clients with eating disorders, sexual trauma, and self-injury. An international speaker on the treatment of trauma, Linda has developed, produced, and presents multi-media workshops on all aspects of psychological trauma.

Linda is the author of the best-selling Trauma Competency: A Clinician's Guide (PESI, 2010) and 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward (PESI, 2013). She is the producer of the best-selling Interview Trauma DVD series in which she collaborated with the world's leaders in Trauma: Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.; Peter Levine, Ph.D.; Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCS; Stephen Porges, Ph.D.; Janina Fisher, Ph.D.; and many more.

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Topic: Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Tags: Activity | Advice | Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. | Challenging Clients | EMDR | How To | Strategies | Success | Therapy Tools | Trauma | Trauma Treatment

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Monday, March 26, 2018 12:41:14 PM | posted by Debra Henderson
Thank you for this brief video. I am a bit confused why I received it but it was helpful. I am a fully trained EMDR therapist and getting a high demand for EMDR therapy. I so struggle with getting clients who are stuck in affect dysregulation to deal with their emotional state. They say they have a safe place, but truth is they are the ones more persistent to move into next phase when they really are not ready. It seems the more they want to be free of emotional stuck places from trauma the more insistent they are to move forward. It is troubling for me, as a therapist, and even a bit overwhelming. At least when I did only "talk" therapy, I may not have helped much, but at least did not do harm, .... that is sort of a teasing statement :) I love EMDR and want to be competent in its use. I see the amazing good that it can do, but a huge percent of my clients are just not ready to move out of phase one and I struggle to get them comfortable to stay there. I apologize for such a long response. Debra Henderson, LPC

Monday, March 5, 2018 9:32:47 AM | posted by Chris Enns
What do you think of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD? Comments during the video suggest imagine exposure to the trauma is dangerous. Please clarify. Chris

Sunday, March 4, 2018 7:29:12 PM | posted by Salli Watson
I work with primarily with emergency services personnel and their families. I have also worked with clients in post disaster contexts. I have also worked with many adult clients who are dealing with the multi-layered complications that go with histories of complex trauma and attachment disorders. Some of these clients are drawn to roles in emergency services organisations (I don't believe that is coincidental). Because much of my work is focussed on clinical interventions with client's presenting with different forms of traumatic stress I would like to understand for whom EMDR is most suited - indications and contraindications - and also the most appropriate timing of such an intervention in an ongoing therapeutic context (at a level beyond a leaning towards which interventions are 'this month's 'evidence-based' flavour of the month'. I am asking about timing because some of my clients are involved in roles where there is some risk of further repeated exposure to critical incidents - so I am not wanting to inadvertently undertake interventions that may increase risk of relapse or symptom exacerbation when they are back 'out on the road'.