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Book: Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy


This book chapter is for any EMDR trained clinicians seeking to gain insight into working with this population and to become a more culturally competent provider. The tips and recommendations may benefit those interested in working with American Indians, Indigenous people of the United States. 


Note: This chapter does not replace clinical supervision or EMDR consultation, but is intended to increase knowledge & cultural competence of EMDR practitioners.

Learning Objectives:

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Note from the Editor

"Every chapter is well conceived, skillfully written, and filled with important content. Collectively, this book is a tremendous contribution to the EMDR world and to psychotherapy in general. It is truly a unique resource with so much information and clinical guidance approached from different perspectives."

  • Define the term “Historical Trauma” in the context of United States history.

  • Gain insight into how American Indian communities contextualize the past today.

  • Identify symptoms, responses & complex defense mechanisms in American Indian therapy clients.

  • Gain tips to begin to effectively treat and transcend trauma in American Indian Communities.

- Mark Nickerson

About Jordanna

Jordanna L. Saunders, MC LPC NCC CEAP EMDR Certified Therapist, EMDR

Consultant-In-Training & Trainer-In-Training. She is Navajo and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Crownpoint, New Mexico. She is a runner, mom, artist, Navajo weaver, mentor, writer, trainer and Licensed Professional Counselor.

Jordanna is the CEO and founder of Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona, a Telehealth based group counseling practice that serves ages 13 and up in the State of Arizona. The practice specializes in the use of Telemedicine and the delivery of EMDR therapy for Indigenous people, BIPOC folks, Veterans and LGBTQIA+ folks in recovery from trauma.


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