Presentation on “EMDR in Conjoint Couples Therapy: Relational Trauma Treatment” at Boulder EMDR Network Meeting

Boulder EMDR Network Meeting

October 21, 2013 – Monday
11:40 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.


Olive Garden Restaurant
2685 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
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NOTE: NEW LOCATION! YOU MUST buy lunch to attend (sorry). Spice of Life flooded and is closed. Please read the below for details.


Olive Garden



11:40-Noon  Sign-in and networking

Noon-12:15  Welcome, announcements, discussion

12:15-1:45 Presentation



EMDR in Conjoint Couples Therapy: Relational Trauma Treatment



Elizabeth Legg, PhD, LPC, NCC


EMDR is an evidence-based trauma treatment primarily conducted within individual therapy. Though it has been incorporated into couples and family therapy in recent years, limited research has examined its use within conjoint couples therapy and none has systematically investigated the experience of both clients and therapists. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of couples and therapists during conjoint EMDR. Interviews were conducted with 21 participants including seven couples and their therapists. This research about conjoint EMDR as a relational trauma treatment will be presented. It provides perspectives not captured in previous research and offers guidance about assessment and preparation procedures.


Elizabeth Legg is a Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and EMDR Certified Therapist in private practice, The Road Less Traveled Counseling, LLC, located in the Highland neighborhood of Denver. The focus of her practice includes trauma treatment with teenagers and adults (including veterans, first responders, humanitarian workers, and health/mental health practitioners, among others), couples therapy from an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) approach, and supervision/consultation for mental health clinicians. She also works as a contract EMDR Therapist with the Colorado State University Health Network (CSUHN), Counseling Services, providing EMDR services to undergraduate and graduate students as well as facilitating a consultation group with the CSUHN Counseling Services staff. Prior to beginning private practice and returning to pursue her PhD in Counseling Psychology in 2009, she worked as an LPC in residential treatment centers for seven years, providing individual, family, and group counseling to children and adolescents in the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) systems with mental health and behavioral issues, many of whom had experienced significant trauma.


PLEASE NOTE:  You must buy lunch to attend this meeting. This is a last minute arrangement because Spice of Life is closed from flooding. Keith will try to find something more flexible in the future. There are some vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free items on the menu. Please let Keith know if you need a special meal.

RSVP: To register, e-mail Keith Andresen, MA, LPC ([email protected]) by Wednesday October  16th so he can send a lunch count to Olive Garden.

  • The cost is $18.00 for the meeting with lunch. You will pay on the day of the meeting at the door. Please register by Wednesday October 16th.
  • When Keith gets 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 him.
  • For those who register late (after Wednesday October 16th), the fee will be $22.00.


E-mail Keith at

[email protected]


Lunch includes:

  • Regular and vegetarian entrees- Salad, breadsticks, entrée, non-alcoholic beverage, vanilla ice cream. Vegetarian entrees contain dairy. Order from the Primo Menu
  • Dairy free or gluten free entrees- Entrée, order a salad if you want one. Order from the Gluten Free Menu
  • Note: salmon is the only dairy free entrée available for our group. Gluten-free items can have meat or not.

Please be patient on the day of the meeting. They have to prepare each meal after you order. Also, the Boulder EMDR Network is new at this restaurant and they are learning how to work together.

We hope to see you there!