The importance of ego-strengthening with EMDR


This half day workshop emphasizes the principle of ego-strengthening as an essential ingredient of therapeutic change. Clinical case material and examples are used to illustrate how ego-strengthening approaches involving EMDR, hypnotic suggestion, and other techniques can be used to enhance self-esteem, increase observing ego capacities, improve self-soothing and affect regulation skills, and facilitate more integrative personality functioning. Expanding these skill areas can widen the therapeutic window of possibility for clients with a variety of complex clinical issues, including posttraumatic, dissociative, and personality disorders, anxiety symptoms, and depressive difficulties. Workshop topics include ways of integrating ego-strengthening into various phases of the EMDR standard protocol, applications of positive cognitions and cognitive interweaves as ego-strengthening techniques, and installations of positive imagery to resolve resistant behavioral patterns, negative looping, and other barriers to progress. Case consultation is encouraged.






Maggie Phillips

Original Work Citation

Phillips, M. (1997, July). The importance of ego-strengthening with EMDR. Presentation at the 2nd EMDR International Association Conference, San Francisco, CA



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