EMDR Therapy and Parts Work: Working with the Inner System Across the Lifespan in Complex Trauma, with Ana Gomez

The EMDR Association UK’s regional East Anglia group are thrilled to have secured the internationally renowned, indeed legendary EMDR Consultant and Trainer Ana Gomez for our next networking day online in April 2021, to take us through how, as EMDR therapists, to work with complex trauma, parts and our client’s inner systems.

Where: Online, on Zoom.

When: 1400-2100 UK time Saturday April 24 2021 (note, Ana will be presenting from the US).

STOP PRESS – Ana has generously agreed that we can record the day, so even if you can’t be with us live, if you’re paid and signed up you’ll have access to full workshop video, audio and recorded chat for a further month, also qualifying for the CPD points.

How to book and cost: via Eventbrite here. £55 for Association members, £60 for non-members

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Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC born in Colombia (South America) is a psychotherapist in private practice, author of several books, chapters and articles, and a lecturer internationally known for her innovative work with children and adolescents.

She’s an EMDRIA approved consultant, an EMDRIA advanced training provider, an EMDR Institute and EMDR-IBA trainer and a trainer of trainers.

As Ana describes it, clients with complex and developmental trauma present with layers of trauma, adversity, attachment injuries and unmet needs.

They are mixed and combined with entrenched defences, trauma-related phobias and mechanisms of adaptations.

These children, adolescents and adults self-organise internally to meet the demands of traumatising and relationally-impoverished environments.

Due to their complex internal self-organisation, parts work can aid EMDR clinicians and their clients throughout the eight phases of treatment.

This presentation will provide a clear theoretical framework along with specific, practical and creative tools and strategies to explore and work with entrenched maladaptive forms of self-protection using parts work.

Clients with intricate inner systems present with significant conflict among polarised parts.

This workshop will cover protocols and EMDR-based strategies that deal with diverged and conflicted parts.

Inner child interventions that can support the stabilization as well as the exploration and processing of traumatogenic material will be addressed.

This day will present sandtray, expressive arts and playful strategies that can be used with clients of all ages.

Objectives for the day:


Clinicians will be able to:

  1. 45 min: Cite the theories that help us understand defences and phobia formation in complexly traumatised individuals;
  2. 45 min: Utilise creative strategies to educate clients of all ages about self-states as well as to explore defences and phobias;
  3. 1:30 hours: Utilise practical and creative tools and strategies to explore, unblend and work with defensive and wounded self-states using parts work during preparation phase of EMDR therapy;
  4. 30 min: Utilise parts work to explore and work with the internal conflict and trauma-related phobias;
  5. 1:30 hours: Utilise inner child interventions to meet unmet needs during initial phases of treatment as well as processing phases;
  6. 1 hour: Utilise EMDR interweaves that incorporate inner child work as well as parts work

Besides her work with EMDR (on which she is very widely published), Ana has received training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Theraplay, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), and the use of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI).

She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families affected by trauma and adversity for over 25 years, presenting in more than 40 cities in the USA.

She has also presented in close to 30 cities in four continents: Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Penticton, Toronto), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne), New Zealand (Auckland), Japan (Tokyo), Denmark (Copenhagen) ,Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), Italy (Milan), UK (Edinburg, London), Argentina (Buenos Aires), Chile (Santiago de Chile), Brazil (Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba) , Ecuador (Quito), Colombia (Bogota, Medellin & Manizales), Guatemala and Costa Rica.

In addition to helping children and adolescents, Ana also specializes in working with adults dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, complex PTSD, dissociation and grief issues.

On a personal level, Ana enjoys nature and loves to dance to all kinds of music, especially salsa. She also loves to spend time with her husband, her family and friends, and her beloved pets.

Ana treasures moments of silence, play, and laughter as well as the connection with others.

Using EMDR Online, plus EMDR with Intergenerational Trauma | Mark Brayne | Online Saturday April 25, 2020.

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Saturday April 25 2020, 0930-1630

£55 for members of the EMDR Association UK, £60 for non-members.

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With the Corona Virus shutting things down across the world, this event was held online, exploring not just EMDR for intergenerational trauma, but also the basic principles of delivering EMDR online rather than face-to-face.

Continue reading “Using EMDR Online, plus EMDR with Intergenerational Trauma | Mark Brayne | Online Saturday April 25, 2020.”

Derek Farrell on EMDR with Unspoken Trauma. Chelmsford, Saturday, November 30 2019.

The EMDR Association’s East Anglia group was delighted to welcome our very own Derek Farrell, former Association President and international expert on all things EMDR, for a classic regional networking day with a special focus on working with what he terms Unspoken Trauma.

Derek spent the morning at this new venue for us, Chelmsford’s cricket ground, taking us through the standard, structured EMDR approach for clients who can’t or aren’t ready to share specific and often intimate details of what happened to them.

“Certain trauma experiences have ‘no voice’,” says Derek, “often when traumas involve deep-rooted shame, or fear of retribution”.

The workshop (Powerpoint handout here) outlined some of the key components of ‘unspoken trauma’, relating for example to child abuse, gender-based violence, conflict, atrocities and human rights violations.

Continue reading “Derek Farrell on EMDR with Unspoken Trauma. Chelmsford, Saturday, November 30 2019.”

EMDR with the Autism Spectrum and ADHD – Sat Nov 28 2020 online with Caroline van Diest

The EMDR Association UK’s regional East Anglia group are thrilled to have secured our Consultant and Trainer colleague Caroline van Diest to take us through how, as EMDR therapists, to recognise and work with clients on the Autistic Spectrum and with ADHD.

Where: Online, on Zoom.

When: 0930-1630 Saturday November 28 2020

How to book and cost: via Eventbrite here. £55 for Association members, £60 for non-members

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Caroline is an EMDR Europe Approved Trainer/Consultant
A BABCP Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
A Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse (RNLD)
MSc in Applied Social Learning Theory & Counselling

As all of us know working with EMDR, there’s been an explosion in recent years of awareness around what are formally termed Autism Spectrum Disorders, including what used to be – and still widely is – known as Aspergers Syndrome.

But what does the ordinary EMDR therapist without a specialist knowledge of ASD need to bear in mind when identifying and then tackling the impact on our clients of being on that spectrum, whether high- or lower-functioning, whether officially diagnosed or not, and whether they became aware of why they were different earlier in life or very much later?

And what and where are the overlaps between ASD and another relatively recent diagnosis in the DSM and ICD cookbooks of mental “disorders”, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders or ADHD.

Caroline is one of the EMDR UK’s leading authorities – and certainly our most enthusiastically engaged – on ASD, and presented some fascinating research at the 2016 national EMDR UK conference in London.

For her online day with us in November (noting of course that in these Corona times of virtual training, you don’t have to be a resident of East Anglia to join), she’ll introduce us to the history of clinical and social understandings around autism and ADHD, much more recent than many realise and still fast evolving.

With case examples and powerful personal stories, Caroline will outline how effective EMDR with appropriate adaptations can be in working not just with the internal felt experience of those on the Autism Spectrum of being different to what’s now termed the “neurotypical” mainstream, but how to work with the traumatic impact of those differences on relationships with self and the world, bewildering until understood for both the individual and those around them.

Using Zoom’s now familiar larger meeting tools (well practised for our last regional event in April on intergenerational EMDR), we’ll also have the opportunity in breakout rooms to explore Caroline’s ideas in smaller groups.

She’ll probably kill us for posting this, but here’s Caroline and her then fresh-out-the-oven Dutch husband Rene on their wedding day in 2018… A day of truly bilateral joy…

Caroline will probably kill our own regional group founder Mark Brayne who posted this invitation for sharing this fabulous photograph of her and her then very freshly-baked husband Rene (himself also an EMDR Consultant) on their wedding day in May 2018.

At the ripe age of 70, Mark earlier this year became one of the increasing number of people being diagnosed in sometimes much later life with High-Functioning Autism/Aspergers, and will be supporting Caroline through the day (and straining not to overshare his own suddenly-understood experiences as lifetime Aspie…)

If the picture inspires you meet and be inspired by Caroline on this our next regional networking day, we hope she’ll agree the posting has served its purpose

Join us and be inspired!

Friend and Foe in Equal Measure: Pam Virdi Inspires at Norwich Cathedral, April 27 2019

By James Thomas

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Pam Virdi in full flow…

The EMDR Association’s East Anglia Regional Group was delighted on Saturday 27th April 2019 to host Pam Virdi at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry for an expansive one-day training session on using EMDR with eating disorders.

The presentation was an ideal introduction for EMDR therapists new to working with this often-misunderstood client population, and a powerful refresher for a good number of very experienced professionals in the room – their presence a tribute to Pam’s reputation as a first-rate trainer in this field.

Pam began by highlighting the need for clients with eating disorders, especially anorexia and bulimia, to commit to restoring sensible weight and eating patterns as essential to recovery, given how many come to therapy wanting change without letting go of their patterns.

Therapy for eating disorders, Pam made clear, isn’t just about psychological wellbeing, but very much also about physical health. Continue reading “Friend and Foe in Equal Measure: Pam Virdi Inspires at Norwich Cathedral, April 27 2019”

Healing Dissociation with EMDR Therapy: A Practical Workshop with Dr Jamie Marich. Ely, Saturday Feb 9, 2019.

By Ushma Patel

The EMDR Association’s East Anglia Regional Group was delighted on Saturday 9th February 2019 to welcome Dr Jamie Marich back to the UK on a further training visit since her last visit to us in April 2017 where she inspired us in Norwich with a day on Making EMDR Simple.

Jamie is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of EMDR’s leading international trainers. This time we were lucky to experience a brand-new workshop debunking myths around dissociation and giving us a practical and sensitive orientation to how the dissociative mind works.

The plan for the day was to participate in a highly interactive workshop that would give us a primer on working with grounding skills in the stabilisation and preparation phases of EMDR, with special attention given to using expressive arts and mindfulness-focused strategies.

We were given the opportunity to our own dissociative profile and internal system of parts as an illustration of the theory of structural dissociation.

Continue reading “Healing Dissociation with EMDR Therapy: A Practical Workshop with Dr Jamie Marich. Ely, Saturday Feb 9, 2019.”

Matt Wesson inspires at EMDR East Anglia Cambridge Networking Day, Nov 17 2018

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Matt at work with Quy Mill EMDR Enthusiasts

The EMDR Association’s East Anglia Regional Group was delighted on Saturday November 17 to welcome one of our community’s newer and especially inspiring trainers, Matt Wesson, to take us through his expertise on EMDR with the military and the uniformed services.

We’re experimenting with a new website design, so this is our first post here, with a brief summary of the ideas Matt shared with us, and some photos to give you an idea of how our regional networking days work. Continue reading “Matt Wesson inspires at EMDR East Anglia Cambridge Networking Day, Nov 17 2018”

Healing Dissociation with EMDR Therapy: A Practical Workshop with Dr Jamie Marich (USA). Ely, Saturday Feb 9, 2019.

Enhancing your efficacy with clients through the power of process.

Saturday February  9, 2019. 0900 for 0930 – 1630

Ely Beet Sports & Social Club,

83 Lynn Road, Ely CB6 1DE

£55 for Association members, £60 for non-members. Fee includes lunch and refreshments.

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The EMDR UK Association’s busy East Anglia regional group is delighted to welcome Dr Jamie Marich back to the UK on a further training visit , picking up and taking forward Dr Mel Temple’s fabulous day with us in Ely in Spring 2018 on working with dissociation.

As EMDRIA-accredited Trainer and Consultant based in Ohio, USA, and author of several books on EMDR Therapy, Jamie is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of EMDR’s leading international trainers.

In April 2017 she inspired us in Norwich with a day on Making EMDR Simple, and this time, she’s bringing for the first time to the UK a brand-new workshop debunking myths around dissociation and giving us a practical and sensitive orientation to how the dissociative mind works. Continue reading “Healing Dissociation with EMDR Therapy: A Practical Workshop with Dr Jamie Marich (USA). Ely, Saturday Feb 9, 2019.”

Working with Veterans and the Uniformed Services: a Practical Workshop with Matt Wesson, Cambridge, Saturday Nov 17 2018

Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, Handout 4, MILITARY TERMS

The EMDR Association’s Regional Group in East Anglia is thrilled to welcome the UK’s leading EMDR-and-the-Military trainer, Matt Wesson, for a day’s workshop with us in Cambridge on using EMDR with the uniformed services.

Sorry, but Matt’s event is now sold out with a long waiting list. New events coming soon… If you’re not already on our regional Google Group, click this link and we’ll keep you posted.

When: 1000-1630, Saturday November 17, 2018.

Where: Quy Mill Hotel (& Spa!) Church Rd, Stow cum Quy, Cambridge CB25 9AF

How much: £65 for EMDR Association UK Members, £70 for non-members.

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What’s it about? Read on….

Matt’s workshop aims to provide practical ideas for understanding and working with military personnel, veterans and the uniformed services (Police, Prison Officers, Fire Service, Paramedics, Security personnel, etc).

The workshop will address the special characteristics and culture of this population and how to adapt EMDR accordingly, with an emphasis on assessment, formulation and forming a strong collaborative alliance.

Matthew has had extensive experience of working with this client group, and will use his engaging presentation style along with interactive tasks and video material to help attendees improve their skills and confidence in this area.

COURSE DETAILS

  • The day will be a lively mixture of teaching, interactive exercises and video material
  • It will cover relevant research.
  • Clinical obstacles and therapy techniques to help engage this sometimes-challenging population into treatment.
  • The day will discuss risk and protective factors of common cultural issues and how they impact on treatment, history taking and ideas of conceptualisations.
  • Preparation, engagement and use of specific resources will be highlighted, and blocks to and during processing will be viewed.
  • The course is suitable for all levels of experience and previous knowledge of veteran or uniformed clients is not necessary

Workshop Outline

  • Myths, Facts and the Research around Military / Uniformed Services Mental Health
  • Cultural issues
  • EMDR and combat related PTSD
  • Engaging the military/uniformed services client
  • Tailoring EMDR to this client group
  • Utilising resources

Previous feedback on this workshop: 


‘Excellent’, ‘Lots of new ideas’, ‘Great presenter’, ‘Clear and credible’, ‘Very good indeed’, ‘Clear delivery and a good case examples’, ‘Very interesting’, ‘Lively and credible’, ‘Well delivered and organised’, ‘Lots of interesting ideas I can relate to veterans work, and working with Police, Prison Officers etc’…plus many more postive comments.

Biography for Matthew Wesson 

Matt is an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant, and has been using EMDR within his clinical work for nearly 20 years. He is also a BABCP Accredited CBT therapist.  He works as an independent practitioner, supervisor and trainer.

Previous to that he served in the Armed Forces for 21 years delivering mental health care to serving military personnel across the UK and also including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has had several articles published in peer-reviewed journals on both CBT and EMDR, and has presented at international conferences.  He has a particular interest in combat related PTSD and military mental health.  He lives in Cheshire with his young family.

Do join us, and book here.

Small Print terms:

Cancellations more than two weeks before the event will be refunded minus a £10 handling fee. Cancellations within two weeks of the event will be refunded (minus the handling fee) only if a substitute participant can be found.

Dissociation and EMDR – an Ely Masterclass from Dr Mel Temple

By Shirley Young

About 80 regional members of the East Anglia EMDR Association met at Ely Beet Factory Social Club on Saturday 27th April 2018 to explore best EMDR practice in working with dissociation.

Our expert trainer for the day was Dr Mel Temple, consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist, EMDR consultant and current clinical director and lead specialist in The Kemp Unit at The Retreat in York.

She has worked across secondary and tertiary NHS settings, with time spent also in military mental health services.The Kemp Unit at The Retreat in York is a residential setting for the stabilisation and treatment of patients with personality disorder, complex trauma and DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).

As a general introduction Mel reflected on differences in approach to the delivery of EMDR, citing Ad De Jongh from Holland who suggests “just getting in there” in comparison with our more cautious approach in the UK. Continue reading “Dissociation and EMDR – an Ely Masterclass from Dr Mel Temple”