I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with couples, sexual concerns and trauma. I have advanced training and experience working with individuals and couples on the effects of sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. I believe that every person comes to therapy with strengths we can draw upon and unique knowledge that is an asset to the healing process. Human beings are wired for healing, and EMDR is a tool to help us get there. People I work with tell me they find the experience to be collaborative, experiential and empowering.
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Midwest Center for EMDR Training and Therapy Susan Schaefer PhD, LP EMDRIA Approved ConsultantTrainer All Inclusive Basic EMDR Training Program (Part 1, Part 2 and 10 hours of consultation) Fall 2018 Dates: Sept. 7-8 Sept 28-29 Nov. 9-10 Nov. 30-Dec. 1Read more
OCD is a notoriously challenging condition to treat, in part because exposure is not enough to extinguish the high levels of anxiety. Research clearly indicates that response prevention, simultaneously with exposure to obsessional thoughts, is needed to eventuate extinction or reduction of anxiety. Dr. Paulsen teaches how EMDR Therapy can potentiate the anxiety reduction through desensitization and reprocessing, making an arduous treatment not only efficacious but time efficient and more comfortable than pure exposure and response prevention. Additionally, OCD sometimes appears to be a response to developmental trauma sequestered at ages when magical thinking is normal. In such cases, ego state maneuvers will help access the locus of developmental arrest at the time of trauma, and disarm loyalty to the aggressor as manifest in perpetrator introjects, where appropriate. The workshop describe the taxonomy of the disorder, details the specifics of treatment of O…Read more