NP Onsite Trainings:

Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy with EMDR Therapy:

Part One – Four Days

Pacing the Work, Tracking Resiliency, Deepening Processing


In this 4-day course, therapists will learn assessing and intervening from a somatic perspective, while using EMDR, to enhance the therapy process.  Heightened awareness of the functioning of the body and nervous system aid the therapist in pacing the work well.   This approach taps into our natural inclination towards completion, integrating well with EMDR.  Therapists can increase their skills in tracking and developing resiliency, crucial for the many moments in therapy when our clients struggle to stay regulated.

Participants need to complete basic EMDR training, Parts 1 & 2, prior to attending this workshop.  This is an advanced EMDR training.

Certificates of completion, including jurisdictional CE Credit Hours, are given after completion of course evaluation, at the conclusion of each training.

All sessions must be attended receive CE Credit Hours.  

See daily agenda below.  Click here for daily schedule details.

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Day 1: 8:30 to 5:30

First we discuss the purpose of the workshop and give a brief overview of the four days.  We look at the differences between EMDR and Somatic Psychotherapy and how they can blend together to make therapy more effective.  We also look at the vital role of awareness in the therapeutic setting, and how to use it to pace and deepen the work.

Commitment, Resourcing, Thinking vs. Noticing, Nature of Completion, Cycle of Experience, Resilience, Triune Brain, Nervous System, Polyvagal Theory, Window of Tolerance

Somatic EMDR: Hands and Sun

Day 2: 8:30 to 5:30

Standard vs Somatic EMDR, Orienting Responses,  “Pacing” Interventions, Value and Power of Awareness, Common Clinical Errors, Defensive Orienting Responses, Inherent Dilemma of Completion and Survival, Sustained Awareness, Somatic Awareness Interventions, “Not Knowing”, Safety, Self soothing

Somatic EMDR: footprints in sand

Day 3: 8:30 - 5:30

TRACKING: Pacing, Resiliency, Details, First impulses, Client’s shifts of awareness, Client’s contact with the therapist, Disconnections, Holding small amounts of new experience, Client’s draw to figure out “why?”, Sequences, Incongruities, “Process resources”, Knowing, Integrating, Bracing vs. Facing vs. Embracing, Helplessness, Shame, Grief, Physical Pain and Symptoms, Framing and working with Dilemmas, The crucible: holding the heat


Day 4: 8:30 - 5:30

Dissociation, The Dissociative Spectrum, Etiology, Subtle Forms of Dissociation: Signs and Symptoms

Working the Dissociative moment, Finding the Seams: Signs and Symptoms of Dissociation

Somatic Interventions, Helping the Client back into the Window of Tolerance

Therapist Qualities