Upcoming Seminars

Please select the blue "View & Purchase" button below next to the event you wish to attend.

Course Information

The Distancing Technique – How to treat OCD, and Anxiety Disorders in Adults and Children in EMDR Therapy

The Distancing Technique was initially developed using EMDR targets that had an over-importance of thoughts, the need to control thoughts and the thought-action fusion. It also targeted the misinterpretation of sensation as predictive of future catastrophe.

The goal of this technique is for the client to become a detached observer to his/her thoughts, sensations, images, and/or urges.  For example, to understand that the obsession is a thought and not real, to gain distance from the thought, and put it aside.

The anxiety disorders that the Distancing Technique can be applied to include OCD, panic disorders, and phobias. Interweaves, which come from the client’s own words as expressed in the Preparation Phase, are used, when necessary, in the EMDR protocol to process the initial, worst, most recent and current triggers.  In addition, an essential aspect of the Distancing Technique is to understand the different manifestations of OCD among different cultures.

The presentation goes through all phases of EMDR treatment and uses videos to demonstrate the technique as well as a practicum for participants to practice the Distancing Technique. 

This webinar offers 8CE hours.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.



C. Paula Krentzel, PhD, a practicing psychologist for three decades, is a certified EMDR clinician and an Approved EMDR Consultant. She is a Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) Facilitator and a member of the Boston Trauma Response Network. Dr. Krentzel was trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

Dr Krentzel has developed the Distancing Technique for the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders. She presents nationally and is scheduled to present at EMDR Canada 2021.

Jennifer Tattersall, LCSW, CBIS, CCDP has a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She is a certified Brain Injury Specialist and a Co-Occurring Disorders Professional. Jennifer is a certified EMDR therapist and an EMDRIA approved Consultant.

She is honored to be the Clinical Preceptor for the Groton New London Naval Submarine Base Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center and specializes in working with adults with trauma, complex trauma, OCD, and substance Use.


Target Audience includes:

Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Psychiatrists (←only partial credit for MDs via APA), Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Occupational Therapists


Course Objectives:

Summarize the use of the Distancing Technique within the Preparation Phase of the EMDR protocol.

Evaluate if the Distancing Technique has been successful with their patients.

Apply the Distancing Technique as used within the Preparation Phase with clients with different types of anxiety disorders. 

Distinguish when to use the Distancing Technique with thoughts, sensations, images, and impulses. 

Describe how to anchor the Distancing Technique.

Distinguish interweaves obtained from the Preparation Phase and apply them to the Desensitization Phase (Phase 4)

Identify when to process past traumas and/or triggers for OCD or panic using the Standard EMDR protocol (either before or after the use of Distancing). 

Tell how to instruct clients in relapse prevention using the Distancing Technique for OCD and other anxiety disorders.



C Paula Krentzel, PhD

Schedule for Virtual Training March 2021

The Distancing Technique: OCD, Panic and Phobias – How to treat Adults and Children with EMDR

Day 1

8:50 – 9:00 Sign on to Webinar

9 – 11:00 am

Introduction, Diagnosis of OCD, Types of OCD, Brain functioning in OCD, the difference between organic and trauma related OCD, Diagnosis of Panic and Phobias.

Therapist Presence in the treatment of OCD

History Taking

11:00 – 12:00

Two videos of The Distancing Technique

Q & A

12:00 – 12:15 Break

12:15 – 1:15

Teach the Distancing Technique

Short Demonstration

1:00 Break for the Day

Day 2

9 – 11:00

Review the Distancing Technique

Video of Future Rehearsal

Teach Future Rehearsal

Teach Interweaves

11:00 – 11:15 break


11:15 – 12:00

Go over cases 1) Client with OCD and no trauma and 2) Client with OCD and trauma.

Video of the Standard Protocol with Client with OCD and no trauma

Video of the Standard Protocol with Client with OCD and trauma

Review and Q & A

12:00 – 1:00

Practicum: break into small groups

1:00 – 1:15

Q & A

hours including ½ hour for breaks. 8 EMDR CEU’s being requested


EMDRIA approval

This course has EMDRIA approval, and a separate EMDRIA only certificate will be awarded by Dr. Paula Krentzel to those who qualify after course completion. This EMDRIA only certificate is for submission to EMDRIA. The other Continuing Education certificate is for submission to your licensing board at renewal.
EC Program Approval Number: #19006-04 EMDRIA Credits: 7.5