EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is one of three VA approved models for working with PTSD due to both its effectiveness and brief therapy model. EMDR, when tailored to the person in recovery, can assist in recovery by decreasing affective distress of memories that have contributed to numbing by substance use, reframing negative beliefs, and decreasing physiological arousal.
- Understand the basics of the EMDR model
- Understand which patients may benefit from EMDR
- Describe how EMDR can be tailored to patients in recovery
- Discuss the contraindications for EMDR
- Understand targets for counseling in EMDR, the three pronged approach
- Understand cognitive interweave in EMDR
- Understand positive resourcing in EMDR
About the Speaker
Michelle is an EMDR and Trauma Focused Experiential EMDR trained resident in counseling and CRC. She is completing her Ph.D. at William and Mary in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in trauma. Previously she was an Assistant Professional Practice Professor at Utah State University where she developed community programs for veterans and family members with PTSD.
She has worked at the Farley Center as a counselor working with trauma since May of 2019, and is a graduate of University of Kentucky with her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Mental Health Counseling.