EMDR Solutions

Robin Shapiro, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.


About Robin Shapiro, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

I bring the qualities of open-heartedness, firm boundaries, flexible techniques, curiosity, honesty, humor, alliance, and clear-headed presence to my work. Actively engaged and very supportive of my clients, consultees and students, I'm committed to their growth, competency, empowerment and choices.

ROBIN SHAPIRO M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

6869 Woodlawn Avenue N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-0693

  • Washington State License: 020704 LW5411
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Washington, 1979
  • Master of Social Work, University of Washington, 1981
  • Washington Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, Certified EMDR Clinician
  • Board of Directors of EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program
  • Editor and Contributor, EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing &EMDR Solutions II for Depression, Eating Disorders, and More (W.W. Norton & Co, 2005 and 2009)
  • Author, Trauma Treatments Handbook: Protocols Across the Spectrum with W.W. Norton, 2010
  • Blog: Trauma & Attachment Therapy at www.traumatherapy.typepad.com

Practice Information

Offering psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and groups. Specialized training in treatment of adults with stress and anxiety; depression; women's and men's issues; shame; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, complex trauma, attachment deficits; sexual dysfunction; sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

As an EMDRIA-approved consultant, offering consultation to psychotherapists on the gamut of psychotherapy issues including trauma, attachment, endogenous disorders, and countertransference issues.

Well-practiced in helping people explore the spiritual and philosophical issues that can arise with grief, serious illness or trauma, mid-life, and aging. Respecting the connection between physical and emotional states.

Assisting clients to unravel relationship issues and rework connections with family, partners, coworkers and friends. For couples, enhancing communication, sexual passion and differentiation.

Experience with people of all sexual orientations, and many ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Important tools and perspectives in my daily work include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Ego State Therapy, Energy Psychology, Brainspotting, Ericsonian Hypnotic, Brief, Cognitive, Family-of-Origin, Narrative, Transpersonal, Object Relations, AEDP, and Somatic therapies.

I bring the qualities of open-heartedness, firm boundaries, flexible techniques, curiosity, honesty, humor, alliance, and clear-headed presence to my work. Actively engaged and very supportive of my clients, consultees and students, I'm committed to their growth, competency, empowerment and choices.

  • 1981-1983 Created, directed, and led Day Treatment Program at Seattle Counseling Services for Sexual Minorities in Seattle, Washington.
  • 1981-present Private psychotherapy and consultation practice in Seattle
  • 1983-1986 Created and directed the AIDS/Mental Health Network for free education of psychotherapists in AIDS-related issues
  • 1983-88 Co-led therapy groups for Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • 1998-2004 As adjunct faculty member at Seattle Institute for Oriental Medicine, teaching the Counseling, Boundaries and Communication class.
  • 2003 In Seattle Magazine (September): Chosen by her peers as one of five of "Seattle's Top Doctors for Women" for treatment of sexually abused clients.
  • Co-wrote a chapter, "Increasing Resources and Supports to Improve Adherence to Treatments" with Marcia Herivel, for O'Donohue and Levensky's Promoting Treatment Adherence (Sage Publications, Inc., 2006)
  • Author of an influential online weblog at www.traumatherapy.typepad.com

EMDR

  • 1993 Completed Level I and Level II training
  • 1996 Started EMDR consultation groups
  • 1996-2001 Presented three workshops at regional EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Conferences.
  • In Seattle: 1996, "EMDR with Dissociative Clients" and 1998 "EMDR with Anxiety Disorders".
  • In Vancouver, BC: "EMDR with Couples"
  • 1997 Certified by EMDRIA to teach EMDR Level I and Level II courses as one of the first independent EMDR trainers. Taught at least one of each class yearly through 2005.
  • 1999 Presented "Clearing Cultural and Generational Trauma with EMDR" at the EMDRIA International Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2000 Presented "The Two-Hand Interweave" at the EMDRIA International Conference in Toronto, Ontario
  • December, 2001 The Two-Hand Interweave article published in The EMDRIA Newsletter
  • 2002 Gig Harbor, Washington Presented The Two-Hand Interweave at a regional EMDRIA meeting
  • 2004 Edited and co-wrote EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing W.W. Norton and Company, 2005
  • 2008 Edited and co-wrote EMDR Solutions II for Depression, Eating Disorders, and More, in press
  • 2009 Presented EMDR in Treatment of Depression at EMDRAC Conference, Vancouver
  • Currently consulting to 20 + consultees each month, including 4 EMDR consultation groups.
  • Since 2006, a member of the board of directors of EMDR-HAP,
  • Running local Trauma Recovery Network¬†for EMDR-HAP
  • 2010, presenting EMDR & Depression at EMDRIA Conference, Minneapolis
  • 2013, presented Attachment-Focused EMDR at EMDRIA Conference, Austin