“I Heartily recommend this conference. I attended one last December and the information about how the brain works, how memory works and the effects of trauma on the brain have deepened my work with clients. They also love it because I can demystify and normalize what is happening in their lives and how the brain is involved. Really hope you will consider coming.” ~ Mary Rixford, MA, LMFT, LPC

The Neurobiology of Counseling: A Glimpse Inside the Brain*

Special focus on how EMDR works on a neurobiological level for all clinicians…

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*Originally titled: “The Neurobiology of EMDR: A Glimpse Inside the Brain” – however, this material is applicable to all forms of mental health counseling and is not specific to EMDR.  As noted above, both Professional CE credits and EMDRIA credits will be earned.

uri-bergmann2Uri Bergmann
“The Neurobiology of Counseling: A Glimpse Inside the Brain”
March 7, 8, 2014
Dallas, TX

The information taught in this workshop will help with all mental health disciplines that would benefit from knowing more about the inner workings of the brain. Dr. Bergmann explains current brain science in a way that is deeply interesting, challenging, and understandable. While this work ties closely to EMDR based theory, this is for ALL therapists, and will help improve all therapeutic disciplines.

Our Presenter

Uri Bergmann, Ph.D., is in private practice in Commack and Bellmore, New York, specializing in pain and stress management, DID, eating disorders, substance abuse and forensic evaluations. He is an EMDR Institute senior facilitator and an Advanced Clinical Applications Workshop presenter, as well as an EMDR International Association Approved Trainer an Consultant in EMDR. He is a lecturer and consultant on EMDR, the neurobiology of EMDR and the integration of EMDR with psychodynamic and ego-state treatment. Dr. Bergmann has authored and published articles on the neurobiology of EMDR in peer-reviewed journals, has contributed chapters to various books on EMDR and is the author of the book, Neurobiological Foundations for EMDR Practice. He is a member of several journal editoral boards, including, Traumatology and the Journal of EMDR Practie and Research. Dr. Bergmann is a past-president of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and is currently serving as an advisory-director to the board of directors.

Workshop Objectives

Describe the processes of perceptual, cognitive memorial and somato-sensorial functions
• Identify and describe the mechanisms of information processing
• Define and describe the thalamus’s role in the formation and integration of perception, cognition, memory and somatosensory integration
• Describe the disorders of information processing in acute PTSD and chronic complex PTSD
• Identify and discuss the neurobiological studies that have been conducted on EMDR treatment and the neurobiological studies performed on eye movements and other forms of sensory stimulation
• Define and describe various possible mechanisms of EMDR’s treatment effects with an emphasis on cerebellar, thalamic and pontine/REM functions.

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The Neurobiology of Counseling: A Glimpse Inside the Brain

What exactly happens on a neurobiological basis when we live our normal existence? What are the underpinnings of simple consciousness, that is, online/wakeful information processing of sensation, perception, cognition, memory, language and motor function? How does this vary from offline/sleep information processing? Are there differences in the mechanisms and processes of cognitive memory versus emotional memory processing? What happens in the brain when someone experiences unprocessed trauma? This workshop will review and examine the results of extensive neuroscience research relative to normal functioning and to trauma-induced conditions. A major focus will be on those symptomatic disorders of Type I Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD, which generate both hyper- and hypo-activation, anxiety and dissociative symptoms. Also of interest will be research findings regarding auto-immune compromises associated with chronic trauma. Anomalous conditions, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, reflex symptomatic dystrophy (RSD), graves disease, systemic lupus erythematosis and rheumatoid arthritis will be examined. The use of EMDR to treat the above conditions will be presented in terms of its use of bilateral neural stimulation to impact, mediate, and change the functioning of neural circuitry. By facilitating repair in the linkage and binding of neural networks, EMDR is able to normalize information processing and conscious functioning impaired by trauma and the resultant PTSD. Clinical case examples will be used throughout the workshop to illustrate anatomical and neurobiological dynamics.  Ample time will be allotted for participant interaction in order to address specific clinical questions of those attending.


Uris’ Book, Upon Which the Workshop is Based


This volume introduces the most current research about the neural underpinnings of consciousness and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) in regard to attachment, traumatic stress, and dissociation. It is the first book to comprehensively integrate new findings in information processing, consciousness, traumatic disorders of information processing, chronic trauma and autoimmune compromises, and the implications of these data on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model and EMDR treatment

The text examines online/wakeful information processing, including sensation, perception, somatosensory integration, cognition, memory, language and motricity, and off-line/sleep information processing, such as slow wave sleep and cognitive memorial processing, as well as REM/dream sleep and its function in emotional memory processing. The volume also addresses disorders of consciousness, including coma, anesthesia, and other neurological disorders, particularly disorders of Type 1 PTSD, complex PTSD/dissociative disorders, and personality disorders. It delves into chronic trauma and autoimmune function, especially in regard to diseases of unknown origin, and examines them from the perspective of autoimmune compromises resulting from the unusual neuroendocrine profile of PTSD sufferers. The final section integrates all material to illustrate the tenets of the AIP model and the implication of this material with respect to current EMDR treatment, as well as techniques to render it more robust

Key Features:

  • Provides a neurobiological foundation that informs our understanding of human development, disorders of attachment, and information processing
  • Examines biological underpinnings of EMDR and other psychotherapeutic modalities regarding successful treatment outcomes for attachment, stress, and dissociation
  • Offers the latest research in neurosciences relevant to attachment, traumatic stress, and dissociation
  • Explicates disorders as outcomes of chronically dysregulated, evolutionarily based, biological action systems
  • Illustrates EMDR’s sensorial input to the brain as a neural catalyst that can facilitate repair of dysfunctional neural circuitry
  • Includes illustrative neural maps


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