EMDR Therapy: Treating OCD and Related Disorders

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EMDR therapy is a psychotherapy approach based on standard procedures and protocols. This program focuses on applying EMDR therapy to disorders along the OCD spectrum, including OCD, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), olfactory reference syndrome (ORS), and hoarding disorder, using EMDR therapy's standard procedures and protocols as its template. The scripts distill the essence of the Standard EMDR Protocols and reinforce the specific parts, sequence, and language used to create an effective outcome.

Edited by a leading EMDR scholar and practitioner, the material delivers step-by-step protocols that enable practitioners to enhance their expertise more quickly when treating clients or groups of clients with these conditions. For each topic, the authors include relevant questions for history taking, helpful resources and explanations, frequently used negative and positive cognitions, and information on case conceptualization and treatment planning.

The scripts are conveniently presented in an easy-to-use, manual-style format that facilitates a reliable, consistent procedure. Summary sheets for each protocol support quick retrieval of essential issues and components for the clinician when putting together a treatment plan for the client. These scripted protocols and completed summary sheets can be inserted into a client's chart for easy documentation.

The content of this continuing education program is adapted from EMDR Therapy: Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets: Treating Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Mood-Related Conditions. Used by permission of Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate to advanced. The program is for practitioners who have had some experience with EMDR.


  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Introduction
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and EMDR Therapy
  • Summary Sheet: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and EMDR Therapy
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Olfactory Reference Syndrome EMDR Therapy Protocol
  • Summary Sheet: BDD and ORS EMDR Therapy Protocol
  • EMDR Therapy and Hoarding: The Hoarding Protocol
  • Summary Sheet: EMDR Therapy and Hoarding – The Hoarding Protocol
  • Appendix B: Therapy Summary Sheet and Therapy Session Form
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Author Bio

Marilyn Luber, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, consultant of clinicians, educator, and writer. Since 1987, she has been active in her independent general psychology practice working with adolescents, couples and adults. Although, she works with a wide range of clients with diverse issues, she is known especially for her work with complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), trauma and related issues, and dissociative disorders.

She was trained by Dr. Francine Shapiro in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in 1992. Dr. Luber consults with individuals and runs consultation groups for EMDR practitioners. She is an EMDR International Association certified practitioner and consultant. She has coordinated trainings in EMDR-related fields in the greater Philadelphia area since 1997. She teaches Facilitator and Supervisory trainings and other EMDR-related subjects both nationally and internationally and was on the EMDR Task Force for Dissociative Disorders. She was on the Founding Board of Directors of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and served as the Chairman of the International Committee until June 1999. In 1997, Dr. Luber was given a Humanitarian Services Award by the EMDR Humanitarian Association, and later, in 2003, she was presented with the EMDR International Association's award "For Outstanding Contribution and Service to EMDRIA." In 2005, she was awarded "The Francine Shapiro Award for Outstanding Contribution and Service to EMDR."

Dr. Luber is the author or editor of numerous publications including Handbook for EMDR Clients; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols: Basics and Special Situations (Springer Publishing); Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols With Summary Sheets CD-ROM Version: Basics and Special Situations; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols With Summary Sheets CD-ROM Version: Special Populations; Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-Made and Natural Disasters: Models, Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets; and EMDR Therapy Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets: Treating Trauma- and Stressor-Related Conditions.

Karsten B?_hm, D Phil, Dipl Psych, is a consultant in EMDR and CBT; EMDR facilitator; and specialist in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and PTSD psychotherapy. He is a member of the German EMDRIA board and also of the German National Guideline Commission on the treatment of OCD. He lectures on psychotherapy for the EMDR Institute Germany, for Institutes for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (in Stuttgart and Basel, Switzerland), for medical councils, and for different congresses (Deutschen Gesellschaft f?_r Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde [DGPPN] Congress Berlin, etc.). He has published a number of articles, chapters, and working materials on the use of EMDR with OCD patients. From 2003 to 2009, he worked as a clinical and ward psychologist at the University Hospital of Freiburg. Currently, he is working as a lead psychologist in Klinik Friedenweiler of Friedenweiler in the Black Forest, Germany.

Therese McGoldrick, BA, ENBCC650, RMN, is the head of Behavioural Psychotherapy and the Trauma Service with NHS Forth Valley in Central Scotland and an honorary senior research fellow at the University of Stirling. She is an EMDR Europe consultant, an EMDR Institute approved facilitator, a previous member of the EMDR UK and Ireland Board, and current member of the editorial board of the EMDR Journal of Practice and Research. She has a keen interest in research and has coauthored a number of papers published in peerreviewed journals; in 2003, she received the EMDRIA award for outstanding contribution to research in EMDR. She has presented at national and international conferences on her work and has also been part of humanitarian assistance programs in Bangladesh, Turkey, and Northern Ireland. She sits on the Scottish Trauma Advisory Group (STAG), which advises the Scottish government on trauma-related issues.

Millia Begum, MD, is a consultant psychiatrist within the National Health Service (NHS) Lanarkshire in the West of Scotland region. She is also an EMDR Europe approved consultant. She has a keen interest in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. She has worked collaboratively with Therese McGoldrick over the years, publishing research papers and promoting EMDR through joint presentations on various trauma-related topics. She has published with other colleagues in peer-reviewed journals, the most recent being a systematic review of the world literature on Olfactory Reference Syndrome.

Keith Brown, BSc(Hons), MB, ChB, MRCGP, FRCPsych, FRCPE, is an honorary professor at Stirling University and a retired consultant psychiatrist. He cofounded and was co-director of the first trauma clinic in Scotland that specialized in the use of EMDR. He has coauthored a number of research papers on EMDR, PTSD, and body dysmorphic disorder. He has served on a number of government advisory bodies related to psychological trauma. He was the chairman of the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN), a member of the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), and sat on the advisory board of the British National Formulary (BNF).

Priscilla Marquis, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and has been practicing EMDR since 1990. She has trained individuals in EMDR around the world in places such as Nicaragua, Bangladesh, and in underserved communities in the United States. She is an EMDRIA-certified consultant. She has published research on the treatment of PTSD with EMDR as part of the Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization study. She is Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Certified and has been working on OCD and its spectrum disorders since 1996. She has specialized in anxiety disorders since that time. She was the Anxiety Team leader at Kaiser San Francisco from 1997 to 2005. Dr. Marquis currently works as a neuropsychologist and leader of the OCD Spectrum Disorders treatment group at Kaiser San Francisco. She also works in private practice as a consultant and practitioner of EMDR.

Christie Sprowls, PsyD, is a psychologist, executive, and personal and work life balance coach, and has been in independent practice in Austin, Texas, for more than 25 years. Dr. Sprowls is an EMDR trainer affiliated with both the EMDR Institute and the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program. She has been presented with two Humanitarian Assistance Awards from the EMDR Institute for her service in disaster sites abroad. Dr. Sprowls travels internationally, speaking, training, and conducting workshops.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, you should be able to

  • Explain how to use EMDR therapy to treat OCD and related disorders based on EMDR standard procedures and protocols
  • Use summary sheets for each protocol to gather and retrieve client information
  • Create a treatment plan for individual patients using EMDR protocols
  • Apply step-by-step scripts to treat OCD and related disorders

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