Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM PDT
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W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. 
Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 

7/30 Introduction to Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) 

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) has been found to be an effective treatment for trauma.  There is controversy surrounded the mechanisms of action in EMDR, but the research shows and the clinicians who use it find it very effective.  It incorporates elements of cognitive therapy in its focus on cognitions and use of cognitive interweaves, dynamic therapy in its use of free association and catharsis, neurolinguistic programing in its use of distancing techniques, behavioral therapy in its use of imaginal exposure, and elements from other approaches.  Dr. Sutton will teach the theory and techniques of EMDR, and discuss how to apply it to working with trauma and also how to integrate EMDR into everyday practice for a variety of other issues that aren't trauma based.  

W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. has been using Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) since 2005 with children, adolescents, and adults.  Dr. Sutton has taught and supervised interns in learning and using EMDR and has provided EMDR to both clients with PTSD as well as clients without PTSD.  Dr. Sutton integrates EMDR with his Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to help clients defuse and become less reactive to maladaptive schemas.  Dr. Sutton has a private practice in San Francisco and San Rafael and is the director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and its Bay Area Center for Anxiety.