Virtual Conference Presenter – Morgan Richardson, LPC

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Morgan Richardson, LPC
Outpatient Therapist at Laureate Eating Disorders Program

Morgan RichardsonMorgan Richardson, LPC – Outpatient Therapist at Laureate Eating Disorders Program – began working with the Laureate Eating Disorders Program in 2012 as a psychiatric technician, which sparked her passion for working in this field. She currently serves as the outpatient therapist for the eating disorders program and also works with residents of Magnolia House, Laureate’s independent living home for women in recovery from eating disorders.

Morgan also facilitates groups and provides meal support for the inpatient program and occasionally provides supplemental therapy for inpatients who have a history of trauma. Morgan received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Oklahoma Christian University and her master of science degree in community counseling from Oklahoma State University. She is trained in EMDR therapy, which she utilizes to help clients process and find relief from past traumas.

Morgan has a passion for empowering individuals and their families in the process of finding healing, strength and purpose in their unique experiences. She pulls from internal family systems, dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in her practice. Learn More About Morgan Richardson, LPC

Eating Disorder Hope Virtual Conference V: Eating Disorders and Trauma

“Integrating EMDR Into Eating Disorder Treatment: Why and How”
(1 CE Credit)


Trauma is often a harbinger of future psychological problems, including depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Those treating eating disorders know too well the common co-occurrence of trauma and disordered eating. This presentation will review the principles of EMDR and its use as an intervention in the treatment of eating disorders. Discussion will include identifying how trauma gets “stuck” in the brain and how trauma impacts our neurobiology and genes. Participants will identify when to base treatment on food trauma, body dysmorphia or other traumatic experiences. Further, attendees will thoroughly review assessment for EMDR candidacy and contraindications and barriers in its effectiveness in the eating disorders population.

Learning Objectives:

  1. ACEP NBCC BannerReview the principles of EMDR and its use in the treatment of eating disorders
  2. Discuss how trauma becomes “stuck” in the brain
  3. Describe how trauma impacts individual neurobiology and genes
  4. Identify assessments for appropriate candidates in the treatment of eating disorders
  5. Identify barriers that inhibit effectiveness of EMDR in the treatment of eating disorders

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