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Session 124: Providing EMDR to Transgender Gender Diverse (TGD) Clients


Danielle Godfrey, a transgender woman, trauma therapist, certified in EMDR and an EMDRIA Consultant In Training will provide participants with an introduction to the wide diversity of Transgender and Gender Diverse (TGD) seeking EMDR treatment. Historical treatment approaches for TGD clients often employed practices that were non affirming sand often traumatizing to TGD people. Recent research has led to an increase in affirming treatment approaches which promote positive mental health and provide effective treatment for TGD people. Danielle will draw upon current research, personal lived and clinical experience to discuss and apply concepts presented in the implementation of affirming EMDR treatment of Transgender and Gender Diverse (TGD) by TGD and TGD allied clinicians. Danielle utilizes lecture, videos, discussion, and experiential exercises in this presentation.

  1. Participants will be able to describe/ unique characteristics of Transgender, Non binary and Gender Non-conforming Peoples and their wide diversity of characteristics and needs.
  2. Participants will be able to describe/list elements of non affirming and affirming transgender care, describe and list risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviors in adolescent and adult TGD clients, and the mental health needs of TGD people including risk and protective factors in relation to suicidal behaviors.
  3. Participants will be able to identify/list all modifications to Shapiro's eight phase protocols in providing EMDR treatment to Transgender, NB and GNC utilizing elements of the principles of Sand Chang's approach and the Greenwald Fairy Tale Model.


  • Daniel (Danielle) Godfrey, LCSW-R

    Daniel (Danielle) Godfrey identifies as transgender and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience in the Family Services/Mental Health field as an Administrator, Clinical Supervisor and Clinician in a variety of community settings. She has been “out” as a transgender identified therapist for the past two years. Danielle is a certified EMDR therapist and an EMDRIA Consultant In Training (CIT). She utilizes a respectful and collaborative approach in working with adolescents, adults and families impacted by a wide variety of mental health and life stage issues with specialization in working with LGBTQIA+ people impacted by trauma. She also has been very active in raising awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues and their impact upon the therapeutic process. She has also been a strong advocate against Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE). She facilitates a monthly Consultation Group (via zoom) for EMDR trained clinicians working with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) clients.

September 10, 2022
Sat 2:30 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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