Advanced Psychotherapies

Bruce Hersey, LCSW


EMDR & IFS: The Internal Family Systems Interweave 
a 12 ceu workshop for EMDR trained therapists
at Heartspace Wellness Alliance in Altoona, PA
1/17/2014 & 1/18/2014

IFS & NBCC CE  approved
ASWB & EMDRIA CE application pending



EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It traditionally uses guided side to side (saccadic) eye movements (also known as alternating bilateral stimulation) to elicit a natural relaxation response while the client focuses on disturbing material which provokes anxiety or other physiological or psychological distress, effecting a desensitization as well as more adaptive cognitive perspectives and beliefs (referred to as reprocessing).

Research has shown this modality to be very effective with post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and other anxiety disorders, and results can be very rapid and sustaining when administered properly.  It is especially effective in cases of single traumatic events and circumscribed distressing situations.

EMDR has also been found to be a useful tool for developing and enhancing internal resource states which can then be marshalled by the client to assist in coping with distressing issues and situations.  A variety of alternating bilateral stimulation sources and other alternate methods of dual attention stimulation have been tried and found to be satisfactory substitutes for the original eye movement method.

EMDR should only be performed by a licensed mental health professional who has been trained by the EMDR Institute.  EMDR is only used to treat problems and issues which the therapist is qualified to treat by other methods as well, and is generally a part of a more comprehensive and individualized plan of treatment.

The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) provides Level I & Level II training (17 hours each) only to licensed mental health professionals.  EMDRIA also has established criteria for certification in EMDR beyond these trainings.  To be certified requires Level I & Level II training, 12 additional hours of EMDRIA workshop training and 20 hours of consultation with an Approved Consultant.

I am an Approved Consultant and Certified in EMDR by EMDRIA, and use this modality in the context of psychotherapy in combination with other methods.

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