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Ana Gómez, MC, LPC

Guest Speaker

Ana M. Gómez, MC, LCP, is the founder and director of the AGATE Institute in Phoenix. She is a psychotherapist, author, and an international speaker on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents with complex and developmental trauma, generational wounds, and dissociation. She has led workshops and keynote presentations worldwide to thousands of clinicians. Gómez is a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Ana is the author of EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation, and several book chapters and articles. She was the recipient of the 2023 “Francine Shapiro Award” from EMDRIA.


Session F4: The Self-Protective and Defense System of Children Affected by Developmental Trauma

Presented by Ana Gómez, MC, LPC at 9:00 AM on Friday, April 19th.

Children affected by developmental trauma experienced acts of commission and especially acts of omission during critical periods of development. To coexist with overwhelming affect, these children had to develop rigid forms of self-protection that can make the therapeutic process stagnant. Defensive and protective strategies are complex as multiple systems, such as the attachment system, the…