Rebecca Kase founded her training and consultation practice in 2017.
A longtime practitioner of EMDR Therapy and a professional educator, Rebecca recognized there was room to improve on training and continuing education for therapists. Through her business, she set out to create thorough and thoughtfully designed educational experiences and a welcoming, inclusive community for EMDR learners and trainers.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy focuses on reprocessing maladaptively stored memories, which lead to distressing symptoms. It’s used to help the nervous system process the wounds of trauma and other adverse life experiences.
EMDR is an evidence-based practice, which means it’s been widely studied and shown to be effective in treating a wide range of issues. Developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987, it was originally created as a treatment for trauma and PTSD. With over 30 years of application and research, EMDR has since been proven effective for treating anxiety, depression, addiction, chronic pain, grief and loss, disordered eating and more.
The theoretical model underlying EMDR is the Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP). AIP asserts that experiences that are overwhelming, traumatic, terrorizing or otherwise distressful may get “stuck” in our brains. These “stuck” experiences can lead to distressing psychological and physical symptoms.
Bilateral stimulation (BLS) is a component of EMDR. That’s the “follow my fingers” part of this therapy that’s most commonly associated with EMDR Therapy. Bilateral stimulation can also be provided through audio tones, self-tapping, or tracking a dot on a screen.
But EMDR is more than one technique. In fact, it’s an entire eight-phase therapeutic orientation. “Stuck” experiences are identified as targets for reprocessing, and the emotional, cognitive and somatic aspects of these experiences are recalled by the client through a structured process. The client then recalls the experience with sets of bilateral stimulation. During processing, a client may experience thoughts, memories, emotions or somatic sensations, and the target memory eventually shifts to a place where it becomes adaptive. The distressing maladaptive material is naturally discarded, and symptoms related to the memory dissipate.
EMDR has been proven effective for children, adolescents and adults of all ages. It’s effective across cultures and has practitioners on almost every continent. With her passing in 2019, Dr. Shapiro left a legacy of healing that we’re grateful to be part of carrying on.
Our comprehensive approach to EMDR training is unlike any other. We strive to create engaging, inspiring and dynamic training experiences to help you deepen your practice and empower your clients to break through to a new level of healing. Our team teaches in a trauma-informed manner, focusing heavily on your felt experience throughout the learning process.
We teach EMDR through the lens of Polyvagal Theory, which considers how the nervous system correlates to presenting symptoms. We put theory into practice by incorporating mindfulness techniques into our trainings, such as yoga, guided meditation and breathing exercises. These tools help you regulate your nervous system while learning, so you can integrate new information and stay engaged. They also serve you when in practice with your own clients.
EMDR training requires you to experience and practice EMDR, so it’s crucial to have a safe space where you can be vulnerable to explore, try new techniques and make mistakes as you learn. That’s why we focus on creating inclusive, shame-free spaces for learning.
Our structured courses are unique in the field, with dynamic live and on-demand formats designed to keep you engaged and learning. We consider every detail of our training, from organized course presentations to clear email communications.
We approach training with an honest and genuine teaching style that brings levity to even the heaviest of subjects. As trainers, we laugh, have fun and bring our real selves to the table. And we prioritize approachability, sharing our hardest lessons and our greatest successes.
Be Humble. Be Brave.
As therapists, we’re taught to show up for our clients with compassion and authenticity. As trainers, we believe in holding ourselves to the same standard. We aim to embody the principles we teach by showing up with vulnerability, humility and bravery, and providing safe, inclusive and shame-free spaces throughout our community.
A Community of Experts
Rebecca Kase has been a practicing psychotherapist since 2007 and a professional educator since 2009. Throughout her career, Rebecca has worked in a broad array of settings, including outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, private practice, shelters and crisis centers, academic settings and in community mental health. Rebecca leads our team of therapist-trainers, each of whom is an EMDR Certified Therapist and Consultant and trained in our compassionate, heart-centered approach to teaching.
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