Sandra Paulsen, Ph.D.
2 EMDRIA Credits
Most EMDR therapists learned in their graduate training to approach a new client in a particular way, with a particular interview style. EMDR therapists need to do that intake with an eye to the information needed to do a good job formulating the case from an Adaptive Information Processing point of view, and planning EMDR Therapy treatment where appropriate. This workshop describes a structured clinical interview format that meets the goal of assessing symptoms, history across domains such as personal history, educational and work history, medical and treatment history, and much more. In particular, the interview format includes embedded questions to discern the presence of an undiagnosed dissociative disorder or invite further assessment. Finally, the interview format meshes with treatment planning for the NEST approach, Neuroaffective Embodied Self Therapy, described elsewhere. That therapy points to somatic, ego state, and other interventions in combination with EMDR for complex cases.