Through the eye of the Trauma Storm: EMDR in the Treatment of Trauma

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an active, multi-dimensional, empirically validated psychological treatment for resolving the emotional sequelae of traumatic events and for treating anxiety-based disorders caused by trauma, both major as well as minor traumatic events. EMDR is primarily a body oriented therapeutic modality in that it assists those who have experienced a trauma and have lost the ability to physiologically modulate stress responses.


09:00 Registration, tea/coffee
09:30-10:00 workshop starts
16:30 workshop ends

During EMDR treatment the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus and this assists the client to process often very disturbing somatically stored implicit memory and sensations. These are people who have difficulty thinking and speaking and the treatment offers a method of processing disturbing material to a more autonomically regulated and adaptive state. The presentation will outline the eight phases of EMDR psychotherapy and examine how affect regulation is addressed in each phase of the EMDR protocol. This will be well illustrated with case material.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To establish the history of the development of EMDR as a treatment modality, and an empirically validated psychotherapy.
  • To understand the theoretical background and more particularly the Adaptive Information processing Model underpinning EMDR.
  • To give a brief synopsis of the 8 phases comprising EMDR treatment.
  • To explore EMDR as an integrative psychotherapy approach.
  • To review the research providing the evidence base of EMDR as a treatment of choice in the treatment of PTSD (NICE 2007).


Alexandra (Sandi) Richman is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the treatment of victims of acute trauma and personal injury, adult survivors of childhood abuse and dissociative disorders. In addition to conducting a private practice, Alexandra is a Consultant Psychologist with the Traumatic Stress Service at the Maudsley Hospital in London, where she heads up an EMDR service within the Traumatic Stress Service. She is a Past-President of the EMDR UK & Ireland Association, an Approved Consultant and Trainer in EMDR with the EMDR International Organisation (EMDRIA), as well as with EMDR Europe Association and her EMDR trainings are accredited by both these organisations. She has presented on the Treatment of Trauma at a number of international conferences.

Booking Information

Workshop fee

BPS Members £130 (+VAT)
BPS Non-members £195 (+VAT)

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Tue, 04/10/2011 (All day)
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