EMDR Consultation Services
My Own Journey
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (CA License #21497) and have been providing therapy since 2003. I was first trained in EMDR therapy in 2014 as I was looking for a better way to help my traumatized clients. At the time I was working in a community health clinic and was seeing people with some really complicated issues, multiple psychosocial stressors, and suffering from complex trauma and dissociation. So I was thrown into the deep end from the beginning with EMDR therapy. And I remember in my Basic Training be warned of not working with dissociation without more training and supervision. I remember really being left with a lot of questions and concerns about how to proceed, and almost being scared away from this kind of work. It felt like there was a better way to address these issues, even in a Basic Training. Finding the right consultant helped me gain a fuller, more nuanced understanding of my clients, of how to assess for dissociation and to titrate the work to make it safe. I know what an impact it made on my work finally finding the right consultant and my hope is to be able to pay that forward and help others in learning EMDR therapy.
Now that I am a Consultant in Training, I am excited to help guide and train those learning EMDR therapy and those looking to hone their skills. I have completed extensive, advanced training in EMDR therapy, and the use of EMDR in treating dissociation, complex Trauma and attachment/developmental trauma. I am a member of the EMDR Readiness Academy which offers training in Basic EMDR therapy. For more information and up-coming training info, click here.
Common Struggles for New EMDR Therapists
One of the hardest parts of learning EMDR therapy, both from my own experience and the reports of others, is simply starting to use it in your practice. The struggle of how to introduce it to clients you have an already established working relationship with, having to admit you are in training and new to this, the potential awkwardness of using forms in session are all normal parts of the adjustment process. By committing to consultation you increase the chances that you will actively work through these issues to continue using what you have learned.
The second biggest hurdle I have found, is continuing to use the entire EMDR standard protocol until you are thoroughly familiar with it. Often therapists will take the training and not continue with consultation or on-going trainings and will drift from the standard protocol. When this happens EMDR therapy looses effectiveness. It is important to learn to use the Standard protocol until you are comfortable with it and then if you need to deviate from it, to do so in a thoughtful, purposeful fashion. Again this is where consultation can be very helpful.
A significant issue with therapists in general, is being able to screen for dissociation and determining if it is pathological. This is even more important to learn when doing EMDR therapy as it can easily unlock dissociative disorders previously undetected without proper screening and assessment. It is essential to learn how to assess for it and what to do once you find it. Just because a client is highly dissociative or even has a Dissociative Identity Disorder, does not mean that EMDR therapy cannot be used. But it must be significantly modified. And knowing how to do that comes with training, consultation and experience.
Consultees will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and application of the Standard Protocol, 8 phases and 3 prong approach, and understanding of the AIP Model and to provide at least one video sample of a reprocessing session.
Consultation is offered in person or on-line via a HIPAA compliant video platform.
What are the requirements to become certified?
- The requirements and application can be found here.
What is the cost?
- Individual Consultation: $175/hour
- Group Consultation: $60/hour
Do you offer virtual consultation?
- Yes, at the same hourly rate as in-person consultation