Counselor’s Corner on Negative Cognitions

Counselor’s Corner on Negative Cognitions

In the Counselor’s Corner column, EMDR therapists respond to the question of Clint White who asks: “Hi all! I’m working with a 62-year-old male who retired three years ago after working for 40 years as a EMT. When completing his trauma history, he was able to identify the negative cognition (NC) for the five events that have occurred since he retired. However, he could not identify the NC for most of the events that he encountered as a first responder. I have tried to reword the question in various ways such as, ‘What is the untrue thought that you have about yourself that intellectually you know is not true?’ or ‘What is the lie that you tell yourself about yourself?’ I have reviewed the cognitions list with the client as well as having had several conversations with the client trying to help identify the NC. But, to no avail. The client can’t seem to identify the NC. Does anyone have any recommendations regarding any other steps I can take in this situation? Any help would be greatly appreciated!”

Read responses from Carolina Radovan, North Vancouver, BC, Canada; Shon Howell, Chicago IL; Lydia Carrick, Seattle, WA; Dr. Michelle Morrissey, Pueblo, CO; and Lauren Stinson, MS, LPC, NCC.

This question and responses originally appeared in the Central Forum online community. The answers have been edited and condensed for clarity and space. To view the entire discussion, members can visit www.emdria.org/emdria-community.

Read more in this article from the Fall 2023 issue EMDR Therapy & Eating Disorders of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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BIPOC Perspective on Eating Disorders

BIPOC Perspective on Eating Disorders

In the BIPOC Perspective column, EMDR therapists respond to the question: “Could you offer a specific example of how some aspect of a client’s culture/race was significant as a resource and/or as a challenge in the use of EMDR with a client struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating?”

Contributors include Elizabeth Sanchez, LMFT, Certified EMDR Therapist, Approved EMDR Consultant, Certified Brainspotting Therapist, Desyree Dixon, Doctoral Candidate EdD, Organizational Change and Leadership, LCSW-C, EMDR Certified Therapist and Consultant; and Cheryl Kenn, LCSW, EMDR Trainer and Consultant.

Read more in this article from the Fall 2023 issue EMDR Therapy & Eating Disorders of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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Eating Disorders: What Are EMDR Therapists Missing?

Eating Disorders: What Are EMDR Therapists Missing?

If you are an EMDR therapist, it’s more likely than not that clients with disordered eating will walk through your door sooner or later—even if you are not an eating disorder specialist. There are two main reasons for this: disordered eating is extremely prevalent in the United States, and not all clients with it identify themselves as such or seek treatment focused on that.

Read more in this article from the Fall 2023 issue EMDR Therapy & Eating Disorders of Go With That Magazine™️ by Samantha Sessamen, LMHC.

 


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An AIP Approach to Disordered Eating

An AIP Approach to Disordered Eating

EMDR therapy offers a valuable adjunctive approach to disordered eating treatment that goes beyond food and behaviors and heals at the root, where maladaptively stored experiences form the core driving force underlying disordered eating.

Read more in this article from the Fall 2023 issue EMDR Therapy & Eating Disorders of Go With That Magazine™️ by Cassie Krajewski, LAC, CST.

 


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BIPOC Perspective on Group Therapy

BIPOC Perspective on Group Therapy

In the BIPOC Perspective column, EMDR therapists respond to the question “Could you offer a specific example of how some aspect of a client’s culture/race was deeply meaningful as a resource and/or as a challenge in the use of Group EMDR?”

Contributors include Alejandra Menchaca Guedea, MEd, LPC-S, Lotty Ackerman Mayer, LCSW-S, SEP, and Barbara Banda, M.S., LPC-S, CFRC.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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Counselor’s Corner on EMDR with Holocaust Survivor

Counselor’s Corner on EMDR with Holocaust Survivor

In the Counselor’s Corner column, EMDR therapists respond to the question of Rimma Gofman, LMFT who asks: “I have a prospective new client who is a Holocaust survivor. She is now in her 80s and was a child during World War II. All I know is that she is struggling with severe depression, and her daughter thought that EMDR might be a good technique to help her mom. What are thoughts of this community on attempting to process something so severe, which had occurred so far back?”

Read responses from Carolyn Colwell, LCSW-R, Anne Reisman, MSW, LCSW, Alicia Avila, LCSW, Esther Bernstein, Clinical Psychologist, EMDRIA Consultant, and Valerie Ashley.

This question and responses originally appeared in the Central Forum online community. The answers have been edited and condensed for clarity and space. To view the entire discussion, members can visit www.emdria.org/emdria-community.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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Group Therapy (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

Group Therapy

Go With That Magazine™️ Summer 2023

How can group therapy benefit clients? What about remote group therapy, and does it work well? Find out how EMDR Early Intervention is successful in groups. This issue’s authors provide a playbook for EMDR therapists as they consider adding group therapy for their clients who might benefit from it. The authors outline how to put together a group, what you can do with online group therapy, how to implement Early Intervention and how to be effective for your clients when this approach is best.

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Fire in the Belly: The History of the Butterfly Hug, the EMDR-IGTP, and the ASSYST-Treatment Procedures

Fire in the Belly: The History of the Butterfly Hug, the EMDR-IGTP, and the ASSYST-Treatment Procedures

Ignacio (Nacho) Jarero, Ph.D., Ed.D. and Lucina (Lucy) Artigas use the butterfly hug and group interventions to heal those effected by tragedies. The group setting allows for a group administration of individual EMDR treatment, ensuring that many individuals can be treated simultaneously. This is highly valuable in settings where resources are limited. They allow EMDR therapy treatment to be more affordable and accessible to all people, no matter their socioeconomic status.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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The TEP Suite of EMDR Protocols: The Family of Trauma Episode Protocols Based on EMDR R-TEP and G-TEP

The TEP Suite of EMDR Protocols: The Family of Trauma Episode Protocols Based on EMDR R-TEP and G-TEP

Shapiro & Laub’s 2008 article introduced the term Early EMDR Intervention (EEI), and E. Shapiro’s 2009 article was a wake-up call to examine and define the field as an independent topic, which had not been researched yet as such. Despite Francine Shapiro’s guidelines for applying EMDR to recent events (Shapiro 2001), there were only a few loosely documented case references to its use at that time (e.g., Silver et al 2005) and no controlled trials. The EMDR R-TEP is, however, soundly based on and extended from Shapiro’s EMD and Recent Event protocols, and the EMDR therapy profession has widely adopted it with over a dozen published studies, including controlled trials. R-TEP contains procedures and features that prompted thoughts about a possible group application for greater access to EMDR treatment. The outcome was the EMDR G-TEP (Group Traumatic Episode Protocol, E. Shapiro, 2013, 2014, 2023), which included a scripted protocol and prominent step-by-step G-TEP

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️ by Elan Shapiro with contributions from Maria Masciandaro, Psy.D., Ana Gomez, MC, LPC, Judy Moench, Shiraz Ferrand, Reg Morrow Robinson, Ed.S., LMFT, LMHC, Phillip Manfield, Ph.D., Elke van Hoof, Brurit Laub, Keren Mintz-Malchi, Tuly Flint, Yoni Elkins.

 


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Online EMDR Group Psychotherapy

Online EMDR Group Psychotherapy

Due to the increase in demand for therapy and EMDR showing signs of online effectiveness, forming online groups seemed like a natural next step to reach out to a larger expected audience. However, few EMDR therapists have training in group dynamics. In addition, there is already substantial evidence that reprocessing is effective with varied clients at the same time, as in group protocols (Jarero et al., 2014; Shapiro & Laub, 2014), but not multiple clients with simultaneous varied complaints. I shall detail a pilot experience with online group psychotherapy, addressing some of these most recent changes and offering suggestions for an integrative theoretical and practice model.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️ by André Maurício Monteiro.


An open access version of this article is available at EMDRIA’s Focal Point blog, published September 25, 2023. 

 


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Taking Steps Together Toward Healing: A Remote Group Therapy Intervention

Taking Steps Together Toward Healing: A Remote Group Therapy Intervention

EMDR therapy group protocols can help increase the capacity to meet client needs and decrease exposure to overwhelming material that may contribute to clinician burnout or vicarious traumatization. Research into the virtual implementation of EMDR therapy and EMDR group therapy protocols is promising. The Self-Care Traumatic Episode Protocol (STEP) presents another option for remote treatment within a stepped care approach targeted for the client’s level of distress.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️ by Judy Moench and Olivia Billsten.

 


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Interview with Anabel Gonzalez: Emotion Regulation and Processing in EMDR

Interview with Anabel Gonzalez: Emotion Regulation and Processing in EMDR

This interview with Dr. Anabel Gonzalez explores emotions’ role in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment. We discuss how a client’s ability to regulate emotions has a major impact on the course of treatment. Using clinical examples, we show that emotion regulation is much more complex than a simple dichotomy (“too much” / “too little” emotions). The clients who present the greatest challenges to us are those who do not connect with their feelings or have difficulty letting them “flow.”

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️ by Michel Lahaye Artesis.

 


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