Blog Archive for March, 2012

Jay's Bistro


Jan Schaad, LCSW, Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant


“Utilizing EMDR in the Treatment of Addictive Patterns”



  • Order food by 11:45 am
  • Presentation from 12 to 1:30 pm


Jay’s Bistro
135 West Oak Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Other miscellaneous information:

  • You don’t need to be an EMDR-trained therapist to attend.
  • The presentation is FREE
  • Lunch will cost about $12 and there will be a limited menu.
  • Donations are appreciated for the speaker’s gas and copy costs.
  • Please make an effort to stay for the whole presentation. Remember that the presenters are donating their time to speak and prepare their presentations.


Please RSVP by April 6th to Dorinna Ruh

[email protected]


Spice of Live Event Center

Event:  Boulder EMDR Network Meeting

Date:   Monday April 9 , 2012, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Spice of Life Event Center
Flatirons Golf Course
5706 Arapahoe Rd.
Boulder, CO 80303
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  • 11:45-Noon   Sign-in and networking
  • Noon-12:15   Welcome, announcements, discussion
  • 12:15-1:45   Presentation


Presentation:  “Attachment and EMDR”

~ Presented by Arielle Schwartz, PhD, and Barb Maiberger, MA, LPC.

Dovetailing from Keith’s presentation on attachment last quarter, this presentation will offer further exploration of the application of EMDR for the treatment of attachment wounds.  We will look at several considerations to take into account during assessment for attachment material.  We will then focus on the interventions recommended during application of EMDR for the treatment of attachment wounds.   Some topics to be discussed include setting up targets for pre-verbal experiences, working with global feeling states such as shame and despair, and lastly considerations for keeping the client resourced during desensitization will be discussed.  We will provide some case examples for discussion.

Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and an EMDRIA approved Consultant.  Dr. Schwartz maintains a private psychotherapy practice working with individuals, couples, and families.  She especially enjoys supporting parents of highly sensitive children and facilitating connection in parent-child dyads. Arielle was initially trained in EMDR in 2001 and has been facilitating EMDR trainings as well as teaching advanced trainings since 2007.

Barb Maiberger, MA, LPC is the author of “EMDR Essentials: A Guide for Clients and Therapists”. She teaches therapists EMDR as an integrative trauma therapy through weekend trainings and consultation. Barb is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado and has a Masters degree in Somatic Psychology. She is an EMDRIA Approved  Provider of the EMDR Basic Training and Consultant. Barb also co-teaches advanced EMDR workshops on Somatic Interventions and EMDR, Building an EMDR Toolkit for Complex PTSD and EMDR, and Attachment Based Trauma and EMDR.


RSVP:   To register, e-mail Keith Andresen, MA, LPC ([email protected]) by Wednesday April 4th so he can send a lunch count to Spice of Life. When Keith receives your e-mail, he will send you a confirmation e-mail. If you don’t get a confirmation e-mail within a few days, please e-mail Keith again as your e-mail may not have reached me.

FEE:  The cost is $20.00 for the meeting with lunch or $5 for the meeting without lunch. You will pay on the day of the meeting at the door. Please register by Wednesday April 4th. For those who register after Wednesday April 4th, the fee will be $24.00.

NOTE:  Due to food preparation requirements at Spice of Life, we are charged for meals cancelled after April 4th. We request you pay for the meal ($18.50) if you cancel after Wednesday April 4th because we will be charged for that meal.



Lunch is a buffet as follows. Please let Keith know if you want a vegetarian lunch.


    • Assorted Breads & Rolls
    • Chef’s Choice Side Salad
    • Chef’s Choice Fish Entrée
    • Chef’s Choice Chicken Entree
    • Chef’s Choice Starch
    • Chef’s Choice Vegetable

SERVED   (Upon request with early registration)

    • Chefs Choice Vegetarian Entree


    • Coffee, Decaf & Tea
    • Iced Tea


E-mail Keith at [email protected] for more information.


EMDR Therapy Featured in New York Times

Posted on: March 14th, 2012 by Maiberger Institute No Comments

"A Stack of Newspapers" by DBduo Photography

The  March 2, 2012 edition of the New York Times featured a Q&A session with Dr. Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR, on the evidence on EMDR, one of the most highly researched therapies out there. She stated that the American Psychiatric Association (2004), Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2010), and other worldwide organizations recommend EMDR as an effective treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There have been 20 randomized controlled studies supporting the efficacy of EMDR.

Shapiro noted that the therapeutic relationship is important in therapy, but that EMDR really relies on the client’s own ability to heal which impacts the effectiveness of the treatment.  There were questions raised on the efficacy of EMDR, and whether the placebo effect – of just being with a supportive therapist – could be the reason EMDR has been effective.  Shapiro presented a study that was specifically designed to test the placebo effect, and demonstrated that the protocol is effective, and not because of the placebo effect. She also stated that client’s expectations of positive results did not impact the study either.

There were questions about the effectiveness of the bilateral stimulation and whether it is the exposure to the fear that allows the person to heal. This brought up an interesting discussion on the difference between exposure therapy and EMDR.

During reprocessing in EMDR, the client brings up something disturbing, and bilateral stimulation is added to a brief process. New material will keep emerging and the therapist guides the client through this process until all the material is no longer disturbing. Some exposure therapists believe that this brief exposure should make the client feel worse.

Unlike exposure therapy, an EMDR client does not have to tell the details of the event, and does not have “homework” of reviewing the traumatic event. In prolonged exposure therapy the client describes in detail the event as if reliving it. The story is repeated several times, and sometimes the client listens to the recording of the session at home as homework. This allows for habituation over time

A study (Ironson et al, 2002) found that 70% of the EMDR had good outcomes after 3 sessions compared to Exposure therapy where 17% of those in prolonged exposure group had good outcomes. Both have been found to be effective, but EMDR allowed the client to have less exposure to the traumatic event and no homework of listening to the event over and over.

The big question that always comes up when talking about EMDR, are the eye movements really are as effective as EMDR reports. This is still a controversial area.  Some say that the eye movements interfere with the working memory processes (van den Hout et el, 2011) and another study links the same processes that occur during REM sleep (Stickgold, 2002).  These reports show that the eye movements lessen the emotion and vividness of memories and help the client relax more. They also found the clients felt they had a better understanding of the truth of the event once they finished processing.

EMDR has been around for 20 years now, and there is some good research to support its use with the healing of trauma. The importance of more research being done will help answer the unknowns, and help more people to accept EMDR as a researched based therapy.

As I teach more around the country, I still here stories of therapists believing that there is no research to back up the efficacy of EMDR. I hope Dr. Shapiro will have more press time to spread the word to help solidify EMDR as solid trauma therapy. I am lucky to live in a city that embraces EMDR, and that therapists and clients ask for more all the time.

For those of you who have never heard Dr. Shapiro speak, she will be presenting at the 2012 EMDRIA Conference in Washington DC this year. It is a wonderful chance to hear from the originator of what she thinks is important in the development of this work.


Click HERE for information about the 2012 EMDRIA Conference.

Click HERE to read the New York Times article.