90 Minute Workshop

Neuroaffective Embodied Self Therapy: A Brain Based Systematic Approach to Preparing Complex Cases for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Sunday, March 25
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Salon 2

For a quarter century, it’s been known that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) must be modified for safe use with complex and dissociative cases to avoid retraumatization and for an efficacious outcome (Paulsen, 1995).  Although most emphasis is on the preparation phase prior to desensitization, it is best extended to the full eight phases of EMDR (Paulsen, 2009).  Neuroaffective Embodied Self Therapy brings a systematic approach to complex cases.  It begins with an assessment of how structurally dissociative a client is and whether their somatic and affective ‘dash board wires” are hooked up.  The preparation phase then remediates these and other deficits and obstacles that would interfere with EMDR processing. It addresses early the need to work with the self system to reduce loyalty to the aggressor.  Where the injuries begin in the attachment period, EMDR is modified to enable the systematic targeting by time period of traumatic experience held in implicit memory. Each deficit is addressed with understandings that emerge from a neuroaffective foundation informed by Pankseppian affective circuits, Schore’s right hemisphere attachment and implicit memory, Perry’s bottom up neurodevelopmental understandings, Porges’ polyvagal theory, Levine’s somatic maneuvers and other contributions. 

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Sandra L. Paulsen

Psychologist
Bainbridge Institute for Integrative Psychology
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Dr Sandra Paulsen authored “When There Are No Words: Repairing Trauma and Neglect from the Attachment Period,” and “Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma & Dissociation: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists and Clients.” She co-authored “The Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation: Toward an Embodied Self,” and “All the Colors of Me: My First Book on Dissociation.” She has authored a number of chapters and articles on EMDR and complex trauma. A fellow of the ISST&D, she was invited faculty in numerous international venues, and was invited EMDRIA Masters Series Lecturer. Her clinical practice is limited to brief intensive work on forested Bainbridge Island near Seattle. She provides consultation to EMDR clinicians as described on her website at www.bainbridgepsychology.com. She is an affiliate of the www.sfrankelgroup.com which offers online workshops, and she makes brief videos available to the public through her YouTube channel.

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