Sandra Paulsen, PhD.

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Denver, CO
May 3-4, 2019
Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center

10250 East Costilla Avenue, Centennial, Colorado 80112

14 EMDRIA CE credits

EMDRIA Approval #15013-07

Price: $375


The challenges of using EMDR for early trauma and neglect include: EMDR readily targets explicit memories, but early trauma is held in implicit memory in the right hemisphere and is not typically subject to direct recall. Accessing the felt sense of early experience can be overwhelming if it evokes the paucity of internal resources of a neglected baby. This workshop addresses both problems by careful preparation and systematic trauma reprocessing for implicit memories and early templates.
The preparation includes 1) containment, 2) safe state, and 3) resetting innate emotional resources, which appears to directly act upon primary process subcortical affective circuits to downregulate the experience of emotional intensity. Done correctly, it avoids evoking the felt sense of the emotions so they can subsequently be reprocessed without flooding.

After the three preparation steps, the method systematically reprocesses early trauma in the absence of explicit memory. It targets consecutive time periods beginning before birth, and installs positive reparative experience. As a result, the client builds a new foundation of a felt sense of attachment and belonging, with emergent positive cognitions, enabling the client to meet the next developmental milestones in sequence.



Attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify challenges to applying EMDR to early developmental trauma.

  2. Prepare the client for early trauma processing with client-friendly education.

  3. Efficiently re-install innate affective resources without accessing disturbing material.

  4. Systematically target early disturbance held in implicit memory.

  5. Use imaginal and experiential interweaves to stimulate blocked processing and ensure reprocessing is complete.



9:00    Opening Native & Introductory Remarks

9:15      Challenges of Processing Early Trauma,  Attachment,  Affect Regulation & the Brain

10:45    Preparation Steps 1 – Containment and 2 – Safe State , Demo/Video

12:30    Lunch

1:30      Preparation Step 3 –  Resetting the Hardwired Affective Circuits

3:00      Step 3 Video,  Q&A

3:45      Practicum Steps 1, 2, 3

5:30      End Day 1


9:00     Temporal Integrationism, Somatic Awareness,  Imagination and the Brain,

10:00    Step 4 – Clearing Trauma By Time Frame – Targeting and Desensitization

11:15     Interweaves, Installation, Navigating, Video

12:30    Lunch

1:30     Practicum Step 4 – Clearing Early Experience by Time Frame

5:15      Q&A, Final Comments

5:30    End




10250 East Costilla Avenue, Centennial, Colorado 80112

Direct: 303-705-5918       Fax: 303-790-1944

For group rate, either mention EMDR Center of the Rockies when booking their rooms or use the code C-EMD.



Sandra Paulsen, Ph.D., is a clinical and consulting psychologist and a senior practitioner and instructor of advanced EMDR procedures. She teaches advanced EMDR workshops in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. She has taught this workshop “When there are no words: Reprocessing early trauma & neglect held in implicit memory” for 10 years as well as workshops on EMDR and dissociation, EMDR combined with somatic techniques, and EMDR with OCD.

Sandra authored a book on this method, When There Are No Words: EMDR for Very Early Trauma from the Attachment Period, in 2017. She published Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma and Dissociation: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists in 2009. She co-authored a book published in 2012: Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation: Towards an Embodied Self, by Lanius, Paulsen, and Corrigan. With Ana Gomez, she co-authored All the Colors of Me: My First Book on Dissociation in 2017. She also published EMDR chapters in Corsini’s Encyclopedia of Psychology and Handbook of Innovative Psychotherapy, R. Shapiro’s EMDR Solutions II, Forgash & Copeley’s Healing the Heart of Trauma, and Luber’s EMDR Scripted Protocols II. She’s published numerous articles including one with Mii Okawara, a professor from Japan, on intervening in the intergenerational transmission of trauma with EMDR utilizing maternal somatic sensation. She also published in 2018 an article integrating all of the therapies she teaches, ego state therapy, somatic interventions, and the early trauma approach, with EMDR.

Sandra is an EMDR Institute facilitator and EMDR International Association certified practitioner, consultant and advanced specialty workshop instructor. She is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

Dr. Paulsen was invited faculty to the 1st World Congress on Ego State Therapy in Germany and the 3rd World Congress on Ego State Therapy in South Africa. Sandra gave an invited preconference workshop on EMDR and dissociation for the ISST&D in 2010, and was the invited Master Series Lecturer at the 2004 EMDRIA Conference in Montreal. Dr. Paulsen moderates an internet forum about EMDR for the EMDR Institute at

She has collaborated with John G. Watkins, originator of ego state therapy, and with Ulrich Lanius and Sharon Stanley on somatic therapies. She was Assistant Professor of psychiatry and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii and Acting Chief Psychologist at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu.

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Tuition will be refunded for cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the first day of training. Within the two-week window prior to the start of training, and after beginning the training, no refunds will be made. Registrants that partially attend the training, or do not complete the training will not receive a refund and cannot transfer their attendance to another training.

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