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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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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EMDR Therapy with First Responders: Beyond the Front Lines (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

EMDR Therapy with First Responders: Beyond the Front Lines

Go With That Magazine™️ December 2018

The primary charge of first responders is to help. Whether someone is a 911 operator, law enforcement officer, paramedic, emergency medical technician (EMT), or firefighter, they a the ones running toward the danger. This population sees things that no one should have to see.  They suffer traumatic experiences and must learn how to deal with them. How do EMDR therapists take care of our first responders? How can our community of healers help? Find out how EMDR therapists can help our first responder community.

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EMDR Early Intervention (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

EMDR Early Intervention

Go With That Magazine™️ September 2018

EMDR early intervention (EEI) is important to many people in the world who face traumas such as fires, earthquakes, war, political and personal violence, and personal loss. EMDR Early Intervention can be viewed as having two arms: treatment and prevention. PTSD is part of a complex psychobiological process that leads to the emergence of the disorder in the weeks, months, or years after the event(s). Exposure to traumatic stress leads to a general disruption of an individual’s underlying homeostasis. Find out how EMDR therapy can help. This issue also includes a summary of member survey responses.

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Five EMDR Early Intervention Communities Illuminate the Significance of Community

Five EMDR Early Intervention Communities Illuminate the Significance of Community

In November of 2017, Mark Nickerson invited a panel of 5 experienced Early Intervention community leaders (Karen Alter Reid of Newtown, CT, Beverlee Laidlaw Chasse of Scottsdale, Arizona, Terry Becker-Fritz of Richmond, VA, Rebecca Rosenblum of Boston, MA and Regina Morrow Robinson of Orlando, FL) to explore factors that added to success and blocks of delivery of EI services following a disaster. The umbrella concept of the Community Response Network (CRN) was born.

Learn more in this article from the September 2018 issue EMDR Early Intervention of Go With That Magazine™️ by Regina Morrow Robinson, Ed.S., LMFT, NCC.

 


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Responding to Trauma with First Responders in Fairfield, Connecticut

Responding to Trauma with First Responders in Fairfield, Connecticut

On Christmas Day, 2011, in Stamford Connecticut, fire broke out in a home. Firefighters tried to rescue those trapped, but could not, despite several attempts to penetrate the heat and blaze. This event was the first time a group of EMDRIA members, organized as The Fairfield County Trauma Response Network (FCTRN) was deployed. In December, 2012, the Newtown/Sandy Hook school shooting occurred. Prior connections helped the team engage responders in that event.

Learn more in this article from the September 2018 issue EMDR Early Intervention of Go With That Magazine™️ by Karen Alter-Reid, PhD, Michael Crouch, LCSW and Linda Rost, LCSW.

 


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EMDR Early Intervention & Community Response = Prevention

EMDR Early Intervention & Community Response = Prevention

The Yarnell Hill wildfire event claimed the most firefighters killed in one day since 9/11. It was the deadliest U.S. wildfire since the 1991. Within 2 weeks of this tragedy, volunteer EMDR trainers mobilized around the event, providing free training in EMDR EI to 30 EMDR clinicians in the area. Volunteer EMDR therapists provided group and individual counseling to those clinicians that had been impacted. Healing did not end there.

Learn more in this article from the September 2018 issue EMDR Early Intervention of Go With That Magazine™️ by Beverlee Laidlaw Chasse, LPC.

 


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Social Change, Little “D” Disasters & Why EEI Protocols are Essential to Everyone’s Practice

Social Change, Little “D” Disasters & Why EEI Protocols are Essential to Everyone’s Practice

“Official” disasters are by legal definition acute and dramatic: natural disasters, industrial or technological accidents, and episodes of mass violence, and are analogous to “big T” trauma. Just as with the concept of “little t” trauma, we can think of “little d” disasters as events and circumstances that beset communities and sew trauma, e.g. community violence, hate crimes, toxic pollutants, etc. The tools of EMDR Early Intervention can be applied in a wide variety of creative ways to alleviate the suffering of larger groups of people, thus contributing to their resilience in disaster response or social change.

Learn more in this article from the September 2018 issue EMDR Early Intervention of Go With That Magazine™️ by Rebecca E. Rosenblum, Psy.D.

 


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Anyone Can Do Something for 15 Minutes…Even Self-care!

Anyone Can Do Something for 15 Minutes…Even Self-care!

Mental health practitioners often answer the call to respond to man-made and natural disasters. We make the transition from mental health practitioners to mental health responders in critical incidents with what seems a great deal of ease. At our very core is the desire to help others. However, underneath our wish – if not need–to help is the question, “At what cost?”

Learn more in this article from the September 2018 issue EMDR Early Intervention of Go With That Magazine™️ by Marilyn Luber, Ph.D.

 


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