The Role of the Therapeutic Relationship in EMDR Therapy
Thirty years after Francine Shapiro’s infamous walk in the park, EMDR has evolved from a simple desensitization technique, to EMDR, to EMDR Therapy, a comprehensive treatment approach. Similarly, our field has evolved in its understanding of trauma from PTSD to complex trauma, a spectrum of disorders most often rooted in childhood attachment trauma.
When treating these early attachment wounds, having positive, reparative attachment experiences in the present is necessary to develop the client’s capacity for secure attachment. The therapeutic dyad, then, becomes more central to the process and the processing as we navigate the delicate waters between past and present, between self and other, between therapist and client, towards developing a new relational template for the future.
Understanding and Treating Attachment Wounds in EMDR Therapy
While EMDR therapy uses memory as a portal to treat traumatic symptoms, more often it’s what happened next that has a lasting impact on the client. This workshop will offer a way of understanding and treating developmental trauma through the lens of attachment theory and the adaptations that are developed as a means of coping with difficult situations in childhood. We will explore the challenges in processing with each attachment style using clinical videotape examples.
Advanced Applications of Cognitive Interweave in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma
When treating complex developmental trauma, it’s not just about what happened; it’s also about what didn’t happen and the developmental milestones that were missed. This workshop will introduce the Clinical Interweave Categories (CIC), developed together with Deborah Korn, to address these attachment-related phenomena in a way that maintains the framework of EMDR processing, while at the same time offering what is needed. This workshop will offer a way to keep in mind the larger clinical themes, while navigating the moment to moment demands, helping the client come into an authentic sense of self in the present, and going forward into a future of possibilities.
Deany Laliotis, LICSW, is gespecialiseerd in de toepassing van EMDR-therapie bij complex ontwikkelde trauma’s en hechtingsproblemen. Zij is directeur Trainingen van het EMDR instituut, tevens senior trainer en lid sinds 1993.
Recentelijk is ze co-auteur geweest van een speciaal hoofdstuk in “EMDR Therapy for Trauma-Related Disorders,” van Francine Shapiro welke is gepubliceerd in: Evidenced Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders. Ook in 2013 schreef ze een artikel over EMDR. Deany ontving in 2015 het prestigieuze ‘Francine Shapiro Award — For Outstanding Contribution and Service to EMDR Therapy’. Zij runt een praktijk in Washington, DC.
Deany Laliotis, LICSW, specializes in the application of EMDR therapy to complex developmental trauma and attachment issues. She is the Director of Training for EMDR Institute as well as a Senior Trainer, where she has been a faculty member since 1993. She has recently co-authored a book chapter with Francine Shapiro on, “EMDR Therapy for Trauma-Related Disorders,” published in, Evidenced Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders, as well as an article in 2013. Deany was also presented the prestigious Francine Shapiro Award — For Outstanding Contribution and Service to EMDR Therapy — in 2015. She maintains a private clinical and consultation practice in Washington, DC.