The joy of EMDR: Implications for the therapist


This presentation will explore the principles of EMDR that allow the therapist to work optimistically, joyfully and abundantly. It will briefly track the history of the therapeutic relationship and examine the relationship made necessary by the AIP, wherein we have shifted from the medical model to being the ‘expert, privileged witness’ of our clients’ own resiliency and healing. Research on issues of therapeutic attunement (Schore, 2009) and the avoidance of helplessness through due diligence with EMDR’s practices and containment of the case, will also be explored. Finally, the fact that we should model the self care that we require of our clients will be emphasized. Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will compare the traditional medical-model therapeutic relationship with EMDR’s more clientrespectful/ responsible model. 2. Participants will distinguish how the AIP & 3-Pronged Protocol dictates & requires this changed therapeutic relationship and identify its impact on us as therapists. 3. Participants will identify the EMDR therapist’s freedom from responsibility for our clients and evaluate the impact on us of our routinely excellent treatment outcomes 4. Participants will assess & interpret the benefits to the therapist of therapeutic attunement. 5. Participants will evaluate and show their own experiences and self-care strategies in order to appreciate that we are of more use to our clients when we apply EMDR’s principles to ourselves






Barbara Horne

Original Work Citation

Horne, B. (2014, May). The joy of EMDR: Implications for the therapist. Presentation at the EMDR Canada Annual Conference, Quebec City, QC



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