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Exploration of Gestalt Trauma Work Combined with the Phases of EMDR (Mary Ortenburger, LMFT, CED-S)

30 June, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


In this salon, we will open for discussion the implementation of EMDR therapy for trauma within the framework of relational gestalt therapy. Due to the manualized model of EMDR when using standard EMDR procedures, operating from these two models can be challenging, and can pose difficulties for clinicians operating from a relational stance.

This salon will focus on the following topics, and will cover:
-Practicing the phenomenological method and holding the paradoxical theory of change close during the 8 phases of EMDR
-How trauma impacts all areas of clients’ lives and how the AIP model framework can be seen through the lens of creative adjustments in gestalt therapy
-Using adequate assessment during phase one and two of EMDR while operating from a relational stance (including screening for dissociative disorders)
-Preparing for EMDR reprocessing of trauma without working as a change agent
-How “getting out of the way” with EMDR therapy ties to gestalt therapy as well as intervening to offer insight about possible blind spots
-Working with dissociative disorders (extending phase 3 of EMDR) using parts work and how this can be seen through the lens of “fixed gestalts”

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring case examples for the discussion piece of this salon, edited appropriately for confidentiality

Mary Ortenburger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Claremont. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor, a certified EMDR therapist and EMDR consultant in training. Mary has completed four years of training at the Pacific Gestalt Institute.


30 June, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Salon Leader(s)
Mary Ortenburger, LMFT, CED-S
Free CEUs for GTILA members; $5 CEUs for non-members


Southern California Counseling Center
5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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