EMDR Solutions

Robin Shapiro, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.


Healing Pain, MCS and Graft vs. Host Disease with EMDR and Ego State Therapy

Presenter: Robin Shapiro, LICSW

Date:  April 5, 2019 (12 pm to 2 pm AZ time)

Location: Online – click here

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Bob Tinker and Sandra Wilson (2005) taught that EMDR’s Standard Protocol, aimed at the initial injury and subsequent pain and emotional distress could eradicate the felt experience of “non-ecological” pain that originates in dysfunctional neural networks of the brain signaling to the body that it’s in pain. In 2003, shortly after Robin learned and used their Phantom Limb Pain Protocol, I adapted it for use with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (Shapiro, 2009) and more recently for use with Graft Versus Host Disease (GVH), an often-fatal case of newly implanted immune cells attacking the body. Robin’s adaptations included the use of ego state work to assist clients to more quickly harness out-of-control pain or immune functions.

This intervention is an interweave that completely jives with EMDR’s AIP, connecting dysfunctional neural networks with functionally appropriate information.
The training includes questions & answers for each section and the following learning objectives:

1) The Mechanisms of Chronic Pain and Immune Issues, including Tinker and Wilson’s research and my extrapolations
2) Utilizing the original Phantom Limb Pain protocol
3) Ego State Work boosting the AIP inside the Pain Protocol, including video, 60 minutes
4 & 5) over-active immune systems including the protocol, GVH video, brief practice, and other case histories, 70 minutes. 

  • Participants can explain the underlying mechanisms of phantom or chronic pain, and out-of-control immune systems.

  • Participants can utilize EMDR to eradicate phantom or other “non-ecological” pain.

  • Participants can utilize hypnotic/ego state techniques for daily pain management and to assist clients to consciously bring adaptive function to dysfunctional neural pain networks.

  • Participants will utilize EMDR to clear the bodily and emotional trauma of immune or chemically-caused distress.

  • Participants will use ego-state interweaves, within the context of EMDR’s AIP, to identify and utilize immune control in the body/brain that heal Multiple-Chemical Sensitivity and Graft Versus Host Disease.


Easy Ego State Interventions (With or Without EMDR)

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  • Calgary, AB: April 26 – 28, 2019 - Register online here

  • Vancouver, BC: April 12-14, 2019 (EMDR Canada Conference)

  • Natick, MA (near Boston): June 14-15, 2019 - Register online here - available via live stream or in-person

  • Milan or Florence, Italy:  October 17-20, 2019 - Registration information to come.

  • West Sussex, England, UK (near London): October 24-26, 2019 - Register online here

Three-day trainings have all the information encapsulated in the two-day, but allow much more time for practice, demonstrations, and some case consultation.

Presenter: Robin Shapiro, LICSW 

Details: Robin Shapiro has used ego state therapy for more than 36 years. She is the editor of EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing; EMDR Solutions II; The Trauma Treatment Handbook; and Easy Ego State Interventions. She does psychotherapy in Seattle, gives consultation to clinicians in 4 countries, speaks often at conferences and workshops, and is working on her new book, How to Do Psychotherapy. Her trainings are accessible, transformational, and highly usable.

  • An Introduction to Ego States: Functional Roles and Developmental States, Trauma/Broken-Attachment Based States, Dissociative States, and the States that Live in Clients and in You.

  • Using Ego State Therapy with Attachment Issues, Relationships, Sexual Issues, Performance Enhancement, Trauma Recovery, and Working with Dissociative States. Including interventions for calming immune systems, transforming shame, increasing resourcing, and healing personality disorders.

  • Includes practice, case examples, and case consultation.

  • Many participants have personal transformation during the practice. Most are using the material as soon as they get back to work.

  • Feedback from one person: “It was full to the brim, well-structured and lots of practices and demonstrations. Everyone loved it. I learned tons and would recommend her wholeheartedly. And I now know myself very differently!”

(If you don’t know EMDR, you can still do Ego State Therapy with your clients. If you do EMDR, I’ll be telling when to throw in the whole protocol, how to use the safe parts, and when, and with whom, to skip EMDR processing, completely.)

EMDR Advance Training and Distance Learning now offers CEUs & EMDRIA Credits through three of Robin Shapiro’s books. For information, click here.