The effective treatment of traumatized individuals has profound implications for family, community and the prospects of peace worldwide. This presentation will explore the psychological, physical and neurobiological effects of traumatization and how they can be efficiently reversed. EMDR therapy is an empirically supported trauma treatment. As indicated in the World Health Organization (2013) guidelines, EMDR and trauma-focused CBT are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD.
This presentation will provide therapeutic guidelines to help identify the source of a wide range of clinical problems, and demonstrate how they can be addressed. EMDR therapy is widely recognized as an effective trauma treatment by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization. In addition, 20 randomized studies demonstrate positive effects of the eye movement component. Research has also clearly demonstrated that certain kinds of life experiences lay the foundation for both mental and physical problems. Clinical and neurobiological research demonstrates that EMDR therapy directly addresses the physiological basis of clinical symptoms and dysfunction.
EMDR directly addresses the physiologically stored memory networks that underlie both psychological problems and mental health. This orientation to both case conceptualization and treatment will be explored to address diverse clinical applications,including attachment issues, body image, chronic pain, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, personality disorders, and other presenting complaints. The Integration of EMDR with family therapy practices will also be discussed.