San Diego EMDR Therapists with FSAP Training

by Dana Terrell, LCSW, EAC


The FSAP (Feeling State Addictions Protocol developed and researched by Robert Miller, PhD) for Substance and Behavioral addictions is transforming my work with clients.  Some who weren’t willing to address their eating disorder immediately agreed to add this protocol to their treatment plan.

I just saw a client working to overcome her workaholism.  She gave me permission to share the comments she made as her intense connection between her workaholic behavior (pushing herself hard for 64 hours a week) connected to her most intensely rewarding experience: “being intensely valued by my boss”.

She reported:

“That work pace was not sustainable.”

“It was not a good state to live in.”

“It was a temporary high.”

She let out a big sigh of relief when the connection between the addictive behavior and the positive feeling reached a “0.”  Then we immediately gave her the opportunity to see all the ways in the future that she could enjoy the feeling state of being valued, by herself first.  She was happy to see herself make progress in a balanced way, thoroughly enjoying the feeling of being valued.

A number of San Diego County’s Certified EMDR Therapists took Dr. Miller’s FSAP Training.  To learn more about one or more of them, please click on the name:

David Ross, LCSW  – Hillcrest

Alia Witt, LMFT  –  Mission Valley

Bernadette Talia, LCSW, EAC  –  El Cajon

Susan Brown, LCSW, EAC  –  La Mesa

Susan Goodell, LMFT, EAC   –  Del Mar

Susie Morgan, LMFT, EAC  –  Encinitas

Deborah Nielsen, LMFT  –  Solana Beach

Melodee Arnold, RN, LMFT  –  Golden Triangle/University City, San Diego

Nancy Deutsch, LCSW  –  Hillcrest neighborhood, San Diego

Laurie Chapman, LMFT  –  Coronado

Jeff Smith, LMFT, EAC – Vista

Dana Terrell, LCSW, EAC – North Park neighborhood, San Diego

If you are troubled by anything you do too much from the list below, I encourage you to try this protocol for 10 sessions to see what progress you can accomplish.  It may take more time than 10 sessions, because once the addiction clears

Behavioral Addictions

Sex Addiction




Shoe Fetishes


and so on….

or Substance Addictions such as






and so on….

My clients, and I myself have been amazed at the results.  I believe it is one of the biggest advances in the field of addiction treatment, giving hope and saving lives.

Note:  I am not trying to imply that this treatment always takes 10 sessions.  For some, it takes 6-8.  For others, for whom the addiction was an attempt to drown out trauma or PTSD, it will take longer.

©2013 Dana Terrell, LCSW, EAC