An introduction to Somatic Experiencing Therapy, EMDR therapy, and TF-CBT therapy

Learning Objectives

When given information about the 3 types of therapy discussed in this presentation participants will

  1. Understand what Somatic Experience Therapy is, how it is utilized, and how and where to seek advanced training in these techniques.
  2. Understand what EMDR Therapy is, how it is utilized, and how and where to seek advanced training in these techniques.
  3. Understand what TF-CBT is, how it is utilized, and how and where to seek advanced training in these techniques.
  4. Introduce Somatic Experiencing Therapy by discussing briefly how animals respond to trauma and how energy is trapped in the “playing dead” and how it is released. In the same way, energy can be trapped in the body in people in developmental (or other ) trauma.  Regulating the nervous system is a base for the healing of trauma and is foundational in SE Therapy.
  5. Explain the “window of tolerance” as a metaphor for regulation, and offer an example from a developmentally traumatized person or persons, indicating how younger parts can be capsulized in freeze responses or flight/ fight patterns. These trapped energies with accompanying memories can be altered in therapy through bodily awareness and the felt sense.
  6. Provide an experience of the felt sense or working with the body for attuning to the body
  7. Provide training options through the SE institute in Boulder,

References

Abbasnejad, M., Mahani, K. N., & Zamyad, A. (2007). Efficacy of “eye movement desensitization and reprocessing” in reducing anxiety and unpleasant feelings due to earthquake experience. Psychological Research, 9, 104-117.

Brom, D., Stokar, Y., Lawi, C., Nuriel-Porat, V., Ziv, Y., Lerner, K., & Ross, G. (2017). Somatic Experiencing for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Outcome Study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30(3), 304–312. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22189

Levine, P. A., & Frederick, A. (1997). Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma (1st ed.). North Atlantic Books.

Levine, P. A., & Mate, G. (2010). In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness (1st ed.). North Atlantic Books.

Scaer, R. (2005). The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency (1st ed.). W. W. Norton & Company.

Shapiro, F. (2014). The Role of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in Medicine: Addressing the Psychological and Physical Symptoms Stemming from Adverse Life Experience. The Permanente Journal, 71–77. https://doi.org/10.7812/tpp/13-098

Presenter 1

Learn more about John Curphey, LMFT

Affiliations

Adler School of Professional Psychology Alumni, Psychotherapist at Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids and The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids, Somatic Experiencing Therapy Certified Therapist.

Presenter 2

Learn more about Paul Krauss MA LPC

Affiliations

Chicago School of Professional Psychology Alumni, Clinical Director at Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids and The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids, Clinical Supervisor (Approved in both Arizona and Michigan), Host of the Intentional Clinician Podcast (about Psychology and Counselor), Certified A-CRA trainer, EMDRIA Certified Clinician, Private Practice Therapist. Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer for over 13 years.

Learn more about the Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids

Learn more about Counseling and Therapy services at Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids

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