Using the Body in EMDR in Each of the 8 Phases

Using the Body in EMDR in Each of the 8 Phases


West Des Moines, IA - November 15th, 2019

(registration deadline November 11th, 2019)

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We know that when traumatic events occur, they are stored in the body.  As EMDR therapists, we need to be able to add techniques that interrupt the implicit responses to trauma, bringing these into the explicit in order to heal.  This presentation will demonstrate body focused techniques used with one client through the 8 stages of EMDR.

This workshop is open to all EMDR clinicians who have completed EMDR Basic Training.


Day 1

8:00-8:30   Registration

8:30-8:45   Overview and Objectives

8:45-10:00 Foundation: Why focus on the body according to the experts?  

Why focus on the body with EMDR? 

Review the 8 Stages of EMDR

Intro to  several sensory, body focused techniques 

Overview of Application in each stage

Case Study Overview               

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Phase 1:   Case study video & Practice

Phase 2:  Container development Resourcing with Boundaries  

Practice & Discussion

      Phase 2: Developing Affect Tolerance – Large Group Practice

11:15-11:55  Phase 3: Finding the target with the most physical charge

Phase  4: Processing  video & discussion

Phase 5: Installation video

Phase 6: Body Scan

Phase 7:  Closure 

Phase 8: Reevaluation

11:55-12:00 Review and Closure

Course Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to identify 3 theoretical perspectives on the importance of focusing on the body.

  2. Participants will be able to state the addition of sensory, body focused techniques to working with traumatized clients is useful to enhancing EMDR with traumatized clients.

  3. Participants will learn specific examples, through a video case study, of implementing sensory techniques in each stage of EMDR.

  4. Participants will learn one body based resourcing technique.

  5. Participants will learn a body based closing technique.


About the Presenter: 

Martha Norton LMHC, MS, IADC, CCDP-D has worked in the mental health field for 35 years as a therapist, educator, and trainer.  Martha is a certified in EMDR and is an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Certified Therapist and Consultant. She is a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and Coach.

She received her Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Vermont.  She worked at Iowa State University in the Student Counseling Services for 24 years. She has worked in private practice for 10 years.  

Martha has worked with adults, adolescents and children, couples and groups with issues such as: Depression/ Anxiety,  Complex Trauma/PTSD, Eating Disorders, Grief, Substance Abuse, Family of Origin Issues, Adoption/Attachment Issues, Diversity and Multicultural Trainings. Martha was on the founding board of the Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa. Martha has received specialized training in working with early life and complex trauma including Ana Gomez’s Intensive Child Specialist training.



The Training Room at Colony Park
3737 Woodland Ave. Suite 620
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266


3.5 hours of EMDRIA Credit
3.5 hours CE’s through CE Classes:

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Cancellation Policy:

We will allow refunds up to 7 days prior to workshop minus a $10 cancellation fee. Cancellations within 7 days of the workshop will be non-refundable. 


ADA Assistance:

This event is held in a facility that is compliant with the Americans Disabilities Act.

Please contact if special accommodation is required.