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Carol Forgash, LCSW, BDC
& Margaret Copeley, MEd

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Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR and Ego State TherapyHealing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR and Ego State Therapy

Editors: Carol Forgash, LCSW, BCD; Margaret Copeley, MEd

Pub Date: 12/2007
588 pp Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780826146960

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This book blends the insights and interventions of Ego State theory and therapy with standard EMDR protocol to model an integrated approach that can safely promise EMDR treatment to people who would not otherwise be candidates for it.

The work features the introduction of a phased treatment trauma model that includes the following vital elements: Dissociation and Affect Management skills training, stabilizing interventions, and ego state therapy combined in the EMDR preparation phase that will enable many complex trauma clients to profit from EMDR trauma processing.

The clinical findings presented here cover an impressive range of theory--including the neurobiology of dissociation and the introduction of hypnosis, family systems therapy, and cognitive schemas--and diagnostic categories (the spectrum of dissociative identity disorders) and client populations (terror survivors). The result is a tent big enough for readers from all practice models.

Contributors hail from all over the psychotherapeutic map and their case studies ground theory in practical application, actually illustrating the phased treatment techniques involved in preparing clients with Ego State therapy and related modalities for EMDR. Of the nearly one thousand titles on the practice of EMDR, this book is the first to explain and explore its integration with Ego State therapy for the benefit of clinicians treating clients whose histories and disorders inhibit their capacity to resolve complex trauma and dissociative disorders. The diversity of contributors offers a rich range of perspectives on a global clinical phenomenon.

Special Features

Key aspects of this new approach to EMDR

  • The first definitive look at the use of EMDR to treat dissociation and the dissociative disorders

  • Opens a window into the psyches of clients whose healing depends on their therapists' enlistment of integrative interventions

  • Provides practical applications for a full range of mental health practitioners: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and counselors

  • Clearly outlines the phased treatment that extends the EMDR Preparation phase to create safety and stability for complex trauma clients

  • Will be cutting edge information for graduate students in the mental health fields

Table of Contents


  1. Integrating EMDR and Ego State Treatment for Clients with Trauma Disorders, Carol Forgash and Jim Knipe

  2. She's Come Undone: A Neurobiological Exploration of Dissociative Disorders, Uri Bergmann

  3. Combining Hypnosis with EMDR and Ego State Therapy for Ego Strengthening, Maggie Phillips

  4. Changing Cognitive Schemas through EMDR and Ego State Therapy, Michael C. Paterson

  5. Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder with EMDR, Ego State Therapy, and Adjunct Approaches, Sandra Paulsen

  6. Loving Eyes: Procedures to Therapeutically Reverse Dissociative Processes while Preserving Emotional Safety, Jim Knipe

  7. Hidden Selves: Treating Dissociation in the Spectrum of Personality Disorders, Uri Bergmann

  8. EMDR in Couples Therapy: An Ego State Approach, Barry K. Litt

  9. The Integration of the Internal Family Systems Model and EMDR, Joanne Twombly and Richard C. Schwartz

  10. Applying EMDR and Ego State Therapy in Collaborative Treatment, Carol Forgash

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