Why EMDR Training

  • EMDR is an incredible and robust therapy. It is a comprehensive and integrative approach developed by Francine Shaprio, that is compatible with all major psychotherapeutic orientations while also being unique in model and methodology.
  • EMDR is a distinct, comprehensive psychotherapeutic approach guided by the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model.
  • EMDR elicits the brain’s naturally occurring, adaptive, neurobiological processes with the assistance of eye movements or tactile/auditory bilateral stimulation to enhance stabilization and stimulate healing.
  • EMDR is not exclusively a trauma treatment. It has many clinical applications including the treatment of PTSD and dissociation, recent traumatic events, attachment disorders, depression, anxiety, somatic symptoms and pain disorders, adjustment disorders, grief and morning, performance issues and sports enhancements, anger and behavior issues, eating disorders and body image issues, substance use and addictions, stressors and disturbing memories and couple, family and relationship work.
  • The Adaptive Information Processing model, the foundation of EMDR, guides history taking, case conceptualization, and clinical interventions. It assists with interpretation of clinical observations and predicts adaptive treatment outcomes.
  • EMDR utilizes 8 distinct phases and follows a three-pronged protocol that organizes past, present, and future experiences.
  • EMDR assists with reprocessing all aspects of negative, maladaptively stored information. It elicits adaptive, healthy, and useful resolution without the need for a detailed description of the event, without direct challenging of the negative belief, or extended exposure.
  • EMDR allows for simultaneous desensitization and cognitive restructuring, spontaneous insight, and increase in self-efficacy.
  • EMDR allows for rapid resolution, including decline in subjective units of distress (SUD) related to a negative event, reductions of vividness of the stored image, decrease in emotionality, and immediate, spontaneous change in negative cognitions and strengthening adaptive beliefs related to the event.
  • EMDR fosters the growth of adaptive networks in the brain. It cultivates the development of internal resources that assist with improving emotion regulation and stabilization, expanding window of tolerance, enhancing collaborating with ego states, and cultivate strengths and positive resource states.
  • EMDR does not require homework.
  • To date, there are 31 randomized, controlled clinical trials focused on the efficacy and effectiveness of EMDR. Positive treatment goals have been reached in fewer sessions with EMDR and all EMDR groups tended to improve on all standardized measures of post treatment follow up.



    "Marnie is such a gifted teacher. She can take nuanced, layered, and complex material and make it totally digestible by the non-eating disorder specialist. This training was extremely well done."

    – Dominique D. Barritt MA, LMHC, NCC, CST


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