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Digital Seminar

EMDR for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Neglect: Advanced Treatment Techniques for Insecure Attachment and Complex Trauma

Sarah Freeze, LCSW
Approx. 6 Hours
Oct 25, 2023
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Plagued with trauma, low self-esteem, relationship problems, and difficulty regulating their emotions, adult clients who’ve experienced childhood emotional abuse and neglect can be some of your toughest cases.

Not only are you facing therapeutic challenges like fragmented self-identity, dissociation and difficulty forming healthy attachments – you’re often left trying to identify and reprocess what may be unrealized, absent, or lacking…

…all while trying to attune to experiences for which the client struggles to have words.

Fortunately EMDR is up to the challenge, giving you the tools you need to successfully treat these clients so they can move past their traumatic childhoods to achieve lasting healing.

Now in this advanced training, you’ll watch Sarah Freeze, LCSW, a certified EMDR therapist and consultant who has been working with clients who have experienced childhood emotional abuse and neglect for over a decade.

Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and insight building case studies, Sarah will teach you how to build your clinical expertise with EMDR so you can:

  • Apply adult attachment principles for a fuller understanding of your client’s presentation and history
  • Develop skills to better address your client’s defenses for gentler and more effective trauma reprocessing
  • Identify and address adaptations to unavailable and dysfunctional caregivers
  • Use creative techniques to process unseen wounds that clients may have trouble verbalizing
  • Help clients feel in control by working with them to stay in their window of tolerance during trauma reprocessing
  • And much more!

You’ll leave this training with the tools you need to identify targets specific to complex childhood experiences and guide clients toward the trauma resolution and relief they need.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Sarah Freeze, LCSW's Profile

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Sarah Freeze, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker in private practice based out of Denver, CO. She is certified in EMDR, and her practice includes psychotherapy, EMDR therapy intensives, clinical supervision, and consultation. She specializes in treating trauma/PTSD and working with adults who have experienced childhood abuse, neglect, and emotional non-recognition. In addition to private practice, Sarah has clinical experience in community/agency setting with children and adults who have experienced childhood abuse, neglect, and emotional non-recognized. In addition to private practice, Sarah has clinical experience in community/agency settings working with children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse, sexual assault, physical abuse, and/or domestic violence. She also has a research background and takes great care in applying clinical research into practice. Discover more at

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sarah Freeze maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Create Outcomes Psychological Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sarah Freeze is a member of the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work and the EMDR International Association.

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  1. Describe the link between childhood trauma and the development of Complex PTSD, insecure attachment, and emotional regulation.
  2. Analyze research on the feasibility and efficacy of using EMDR with childhood emotional abuse and neglect experiences.
  3. Identify clinical implications of childhood trauma.
  4. Develop individualized treatment plans for clients with differing attachment styles and experiences of childhood relational abuse.
  5. Incorporate attachment theory and polyvagal theory into current understanding of trauma an EMDR treatment.
  6. Use three resourcing skills to strengthen client’s adult self and relational functioning for gentler trauma reprocessing.
  7. Develop an understanding of how to track the body and use strategies to return to the window of tolerance during trauma reprocessing.
  8. Employ target mapping for EMDR informed by specialized knowledge of complex trauma.
  9. Recognize key components to an integrative treatment plan, incorporating EMDR with other treatment approaches.


Childhood Abuse and Neglect Experiences: The Latest Research and Relationship with Complex Trauma

  • Newest Research on ACE Studies
  • Relationship with Complex PTSD
  • Impact on Attachment and the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Lack of Care and the Loss of Words
  • Polyvagal Theory and the Window of Tolerance
  • EMDR Research, Risks and Limitations

Client History and Assessment: Assessing Attachment, the Body and More

  • Understanding Adult Attachment
  • Skill: Assessing Attachment Based on Client’s Conversational Style
  • Skill: Five Adjectives to Describe Your Caregiver
  • Assessing the Body and One’s Ability to Care for Oneself
  • Online Sandtray as a Creative Technique for Self-Understanding

Case Conceptualization: How Clients Adaptations to Dysfunctional Caregivers Informs Treatment

  • Target Mapping Related to Unavailable Caregivers and Dissociation [vs focus]
  • Skill: Identify Unspoken Agreements between Child and Parent
  • Understanding how the Child Maintained Connection
  • Adaptation and Defenses
  • Skill: Listening for the Split
  • Idealization of the Caregiver
  • Skill: Targeting Idealization Defenses

Preparation and Assessment: Relational Resourcing to Strengthen Adult Self

  • Understanding What Grounding Techniques Have Worked Historically
  • Resourcing to Strengthen Adult Self
  • Skill: Circle of Love
  • Skill: Using an Online Sandtray for Relational Resourcing
  • Resourcing the Body
  • Skill: Somatic Container
  • Caring For Oneself as an Act of Resistance
  • Clinical Vignette of Peter: Identifying Loss of Appetite Related to Lack of Food in Childhood

Advanced Applications for Verbal and Non-Verbal Trauma Reprocessing

  • Empowering Your Client to Foster a Sense of Control
  • Physical Sensations and Associative Processing
  • Skill: Pendulation
  • Ideas on How to Target Affective Moments
  • Addressing Shame and Avoidance
  • Skill: Using an Online Sandtray for Nonverbal Trauma Reprocessing
  • Clinical Vignette of Tina: Target Mother Being “Emotionally Vacant”

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields


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