EMDR for Anxiety: Basic EMDR Skills and Anxiety Modifications

EMDR for Anxiety: Basic EMDR Skills and Anxiety Modifications

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EMDR is not only an evidence-based approach for PTSD, but it’s also been shown to be extremely helpful in the treatment of some anxiety disorders. This online course presented by Dr Jennifer Sweeton, best-selling author, internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, women’s issues, and the neuroscience of mental health, will introduce participants to the original 8-phase model of EMDR, and will provide instructions for how to utilize EMDR skills to treat generalized anxiety, phobias, and panic.


The target audience for this event includes psychologists, psychotherapists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, counsellors, and other clinical mental health professionals.

a). State the 8-phase model of EMDR.

b). Identify five key areas of the brain involved in anxiety.

c). Learn and practice phase 2 techniques.

d). Learn and practice phase 4 techniques.

e). Learn and practice phase 5 techniques.

f). Learn and practice phase 6 techniques.

g). Name one difference between anxiety and trauma.

h). State at least one theory of bilateral stimulation.

i). Describe “future template” and how it can be useful in treating anxiety.

j). State two EMDR original 8-phase model modifications recommended when treating anxiety.

k). Name the components of the “3-pronged approach” to EMDR.

l). Identify one advantage of incorporating tactile stimulation when using EMDR for anxiety.


Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, and the neuroscience of mental health. She completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University), and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University.


Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates(trade name for Mind Works Consulting and Psychological Services, PLLC). She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is the current President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 10,000 mental health professionals in her workshops.

This online workshop will give you instant access to 9.5 hours of video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloads for supplemental materials. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


Please click the green ‘Mark Complete’ button on each module as you progress. You can access the sessions in any order and go back to previous sessions if required.


A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short assessment quiz. If the certificate is not showing, please confirm you have marked all sections as ‘Complete’. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.