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Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma and Dissociation: An illustrated guide for EMDR therapists and clients 1st Edition

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Sandra Paulsen. Dr Paulsen is author and illustrator of, “Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma & Dissociation: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists and Clients,” which has been translated into Japanese and German. She is a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and co-edited The Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation: Toward an Embodied Self (2014). She is co-authoring and illustrating a childrens book on dissociation with Ana Gomez. Dr Paulsen was invited faculty at the First and Third World Congresses of Ego State Therapy in Germany, 2003 and South Africa, 2010, Japan EMDR Conference 2010, Masters Series Lecturer at EMDRIA conference in Toronto, 2004. She wrote chapters in Corsini’s Encyclopedia of Psychology and Handbook of Innovative Psychotherapy, and in Shapiro’s Solutions II, Forgash’s Healing the Heart of Trauma, and Luber’s EMDR Scripted Protocols. She has collaborated with John G. Watkins, originator of ego state therapy. 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. She now lives and works on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, specializing in intensive treatment for early trauma and attachment injuries and teaches workshops around the world in ego state therapy and dissociation, somatic therapy for EMDR practitioners and the Early Trauma protocol of EMDR for attachment injuries.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1 edition (February 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439213216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439213216
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew J. Seubert on June 18, 2009
Sandra's book does a wonderful job of guiding the reader through the necessary phases of trauma treatment for dissociative disorders. Although it focuses on severe dissociation (DID), it is very useful for work with ego states, and although intended primarily for EMDR-trained therapists, any therapist doing trauma treatment will benefit greatly. I believe that much of the material is geared towards therapists, yet clients can also glean a great deal of understanding regarding their dissociative capacities and the road to healing. What makes the book so accessible and digestible is the format (very short didactic passages, followed by clinical anecdotes that make the teaching come alive) and the delightful cartoons, that provide a right-brain learning and exude compassion and understanding. A job very well done!
Andrew Seubert, author: "The Courage to Feel"
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Any EMDR trained therapist worth their salt can only go so far with a standard EMDR protocol, especially if the the clients you are working with have an extensive history of childhood or adolescent trauma. Dr. Paulsen's book is a must for early trauma survivors and the therapists who treat them. Most EMDR therapists have, at one time or another, had the troubling experience of utilizing standard EMDR which goes no where, or even worse, floods the client and causes them to not want to continue processing. This book helps clients and their therapists, better understand how the trauma from youth is held by different ego states that helped the body cope during such tormenting times. The challenge is that those experiences continue to haunt the body when triggers occur, leaving one to feel as if the old traumas are still happening, even though it is years later. This is the best of both worlds, by combining EMDR and Ego State work, the body, mind and soul have a greater opportunity for healing when other methods have failed. This helps the client process their traumas without becoming overwhelmed or flooded and is much gentler than standard EMDR. Thanks to Dr. Paulsen for developing such a wonderful resource and for providing a way to help people move beyond their traumas and live the lives they were meant to live without being hijacked by someone else's abuse.
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This book will be a great help to therapists wanting to utilize EMDR as a treatment for their clients with DID and also for patients dealing with the disorder. The whimsical cartoons presented in the book help de-stigmatize the disorder for those who have it and also are very helpful in both the client and theraspits' ability to understand what is going on internally with the patient with a dissociative disorder.
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Covers all the bases and gives what you need to continue into the realm of EMDR. This is a practiced field that needs the user to continue to learn and grow in order to fully help your clients. Just when you think you know what you're doing, along comes a patient that challenges your abilities and thats where this book can be the difference between helping the individual and failing them.
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This is an extremely helpful book for both me and my client. Sometimes I wish it were more specific in some of the techniques but that is really for another book. My clients and I have greatly benefitted from the cartoon pictures, which more easily reach hard to teach parts. I will use this for years to come.
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Fantastic book! I just began therapy for DID, and my therapist recommended it for me...it has helped so much! The author did a great job of blending her text and drawings. I would recommend this book for anyone.
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By Leigh on December 31, 2010
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This is an EXCELLENT book for counselors and people who have DID. Very simplistic in explanations and road to healing and wholeness. Highly recommend!
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This is a wonderful book. Thank you Dr. Paulsen. However, it is only wonderful for therapists who have had EMDR training and experience. Other people will likely be puzzled by it. For me it opened my eyes to ego state therapy. I have not focused on working with clients with major trauma nor dissociative identity disorder. Thus I was a late comer to EMDR after 30 years of practice. Now, after this book I see the value of ego state therapy. What a joy to read a book that doesn't have to be astute, but is simply helpful to the therapist who is ready to expand their effectiveness. Just like EMDR transformed my practice, this will transform it too as I work with client whom we may not have even labeled as having disassociation.
If you aren't trained in EMDR do that. Then get this book so you can become a the therapist you wanted to when you went into this field.

Russ B, LISW
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