The Progressive Approach of EMDR Through a Case Example


The "Progressive Approach" (Gonzalez & Mosquera, 2012) was introduced in 2010, as a proposal to use of EMDR with Dissociative Disorders in safe way. After many early cautions about the potential dangers of using EMDR with individuals suffering from dissociative disorders, EMDR is still considered by many clinicians as offering interventions that are limited to the treatment of traumatic memories in high functioning clients, and only after a long preparation phase. But this is only one of the ways EMDR can be used with this population.

Using this model, this webinar will address how EMDR clinicians can safely utilize a wide range of EMDR interventions early in the preparatory phase of treatment. A clinical case will be used to illustrate interventions with EMDR for dissociative clients following the “Progressive Approach”.

This session was originally presented as a live webinar in January 2019

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar participants will be able to: 

  • Describe three key aspects of the Progressive Approach model for dissociative clients
  • Identify three or more EMDR procedures for dissociative clients and link these to different phases of EMDR treatment
  • List examples of dissociative phobias and how to describe methods to work with them
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Presenter: Dolores Mosquera, Psy
Presenter Bio: Dolores Mosquera, is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in severe and complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation. She is an accredited EMDR Europe Trainer and supervisor. Dolores is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders (INTRA-TP) in A Coruña, Spain—a 3-clinic private institution initially founded in 2000 as LOGPSIC. She collaborates with two different Domestic Violence Programs, one focused on Women Victims of DV and another one on Males with Violent Behavior. She belongs to the Spanish National Network for the Assistance of Victims of Terrorism, and also collaborates with an organization aiding victims of emergencies, accidents, violent attacks, kidnapping and other traumatic incidents. Dolores has extensive teaching experience leading seminars, workshops, and lectures internationally. She has published 15 books and numerous articles on personality disorders, complex trauma, and dissociation, and is a recognized expert in this field. Dolores received the David Servan-Schreiber award for outstanding contribution to EMDR in 2017.


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