EMDR and Medication: and the Future of EMDR Therapy

With Dr Millia Begum: and Dr Michael Hase

Online, 0930-1630 Saturday November 26 2022

£40 EMDR Association UK Members: £60 for Non-Members

EMDR Association UK CPD points to be applied for.


Colleagues joining us for our autumn East Anglia regional networking day this year are in for a serious treat, with the morning dedicated to EMDR and medication, and the afternoon to the very future of EMDR Therapy.

Michael Hase

Dr Michael Hase is Past Chair of EMDRIA Germany, and a leading figure on EMDR’s Council of Scholars working out how best EMDR adapts to the challenges of reform and complexity of which so many of us are very aware.

Dr Hase will host us through the afternoon, with our always-appreciated regional breakout groups to explore the ideas in smaller groups, while Dr Begum’s morning will be a more traditional presentation on an issue many of us struggle with – how can EMDR work with prescribed medications.

Millia Begum

Dr Millia Begum is a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist and EMDR Europe-Approved
Consultant, a member of the EMDR Association UK Board and a basic training facilitator.

As psychiatrist, Millia has published journal articles, co-authored book chapters and been a key researcher in EMDR & PTSD research. 

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Attachment-Informed EMDR: A Fundraiser and Detailed Introduction, with Mark Brayne.

Online, 0930-1630 Saturday January 14, 2023

£40 EMDR Association UK Members: £60 for Non-Members – note this is an event specifically to raise funds for an AI-EMDR Research Project with the University of the West of England (UWE)

EMDR Association UK CPD points to be applied for.


Most EMDR East Anglia colleagues will have heard by now of Attachment-Informed EMDR, and many of us are already trained in the model and find it powerfully effective when working with complexity.

For those already familiar with the basics, and especially for those who’d like to know more without yet committing to further training, EMDR East Anglia’s own Mark Brayne is now taking his ideas out to a wider public, and this is your chance at minimal cost to find out what the buzz is all about.

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Sonya on Knipe, Gary on Sex, Porn and Love Addiction. E Anglia Regional Networking Day, Sat April 2 2022

By Ushma Patel

On a sunny and chilly Saturday, our April 2022 East Anglia Regional Networking day – continuing a tradition going back now a full eight years – was certainly popular, with over 200 colleagues signing up and 120 attendees joining in online in real time from East Anglia, the UK and as far away as Bosnia and South Africa.

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Sonya Farrell, co-founder of our EMDR Association regional group and long-time supervisee of the legendary Jim Knipe of EMDR Toolbox fame, started the morning with a case study of client ‘Christine’, presenting with multiple obvious traumas as well as Emetophobia, Trichotillomania and Addictions.

Mapping Christine’s trauma with Jim Knipe’s trademark ovals to demonstrate the various parts, Sonya explained how the overwhelm of the human nervous system’s natural processing system can lead to parts remaining unintegrated into an individual’s sense of self.

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EMDR with Every Client – April 2023

With Gus Murray, President EMDR All-Ireland

0930-1630 Saturday April 29 2023

£40 EMDR Association UK Members: £70 for Non-Members

EMDR Association UK CPD points to be applied for.

NB THIS IS FOR APRIL 2023, NOT 2022! BEING POSTED HERE WELL IN ADVANCE.

Gus Murray

Flagging this up very well in advance (more than a year ahead, in fact), we look forward to welcoming the redoutable and hugely experienced Gus Murray to our April 2024 regional networking day to take us through using EMDR with every client.

President of the still relatively newly-formed All-Ireland EMDR Association, Gus is an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant, and Programme Director at the Cork Institute of Technology for the past 25 years.

As Gus explains it, the full potential of the clinical application of EMDR therapy is still compromised in its application to a full range of clinical conditions, with many clinicians struggling or reluctant to use it with more complex and disordered clients.

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Jim Knipe’s EMDR Toolbox, and EMDR with Sex/Porn/Love Addiction

A day of East Anglian EMDR networking.

With Sonya Farrell and Gary McFarlane

0930-1630 Saturday April 2 2022

£40 EMDR Association UK Members: £60 for Non-Members

EMDR Association UK CPD points applied for.

See here for support documents (password will have come to those registered via Eventbrite).

Sonya Farrell

Following our highly successful – and fun – regional networking day in November with Justin Havens and Mike Rivers on Flash, Dreams and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, we were pleased to have persuaded our own Sonya Farrell to take us through some of the basics of Jim Knipe’s essential EMDR Toolbox on our next regional event in April 2022.

Sonya is both a founder member of the EMDR Association UK’s regional group in East Anglia, and has worked closely with Jim for many years now, preparing with time to step out as a trainer herself in his Toolbox approach as the Master himself settles slowly into his US retirement.

For the first half of the morning, Sonya took us through some of the essential pillars of the Knipean approach to EMDR, including:

  • LOUA Level of Urge to Avoid
  • Loving Eyes
  • CIPOS Constant Installation of Present Orientation and Safety
  • BHS Back of the Head Scale

In the afternoon, our colleague Gary McFarlane brought us an overview of EMDR with clients presenting with sexual addictions and compulsions.

Gary McFarlane

Gary is a Relate-trained relationship counsellor and mediator, and has created a comprehensive Sex/Porn/Love addiction recovery programme online being used by clients internationally.

Gary explored the difference between compulsion and addiction, relating this especially to Attachment theory and AI-EMDR, how best to case conceptualise in EMDR’s Phase One Trauma History taking and then how best to work with what emerges in Phase Four processing.

Our East Anglia Regional Group is focusing more in the next period, online only for the time being, on networking and personal connections between our members, with space as our events unfold for colleagues to present on their own areas of particular passion.

Perhaps there’s a passion you’d like to share? Let us know.

Justin Havens on Dream Completion/Flash ++ Regional Networking Day November 2021

Report from Carsten Dernedde

Justin Havens

The day drew 90 attendees from East Anglia, which on this occasion extended as far as Ireland and Scotland.

Justin Havens, EMDR consultant and trainer, made time on his birthday (!) to take us through his passions, the Dream Completion Technique and the Flash Technique and the iterations they have been through to make them potent tools within the 8-Phase framework of EMDR.

As Justin says: start with sorting out nightmares, use flash to take off worst distress…. clean up with EMDR processing! All within the EMDR framework.

After all, dreaming is EMDR! When clients fix their nightmares, they get 2 hours free EMDR every night.

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EMDR Therapy and Parts Work: Report on April 2021 day with Ana Gomez

Ushma Patel reports.

The EMDR Association’s East Anglia Regional Group were delighted on Saturday 24th April 2021 to welcome internationally renowned and legendary EMDR Consultant and Trainer Ana Gomez to take us on a journey on parts and inner systems to explore complex trauma.

Ana is a psychotherapist, author of several books, chapters and articles, and a lecturer internationally known for her innovative work with children and adolescents.

She is an EMDRIA approved consultant, an EMDRIA advanced training provider, an EMDR Institute and EMDR-IBA trainer and a trainer of trainers. Ana 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 as well as 30 cities in four continents.

Over 600 delegates signed up to Ana’s workshop, with many attending on the day online and others chossing to watch the recording at a later date. Every delegate received the handouts, recording and certificate for six EMDR UK Association CPD points.

Ana presented to us from across the pond in Phoenix, Arizona, meaning a very early start for her and an afternoon 2pm start for us.

The plan for the day was to explore her theoretical framework along with specific, practical and creative tools and strategies to work with entrenched maladaptive forms of self-protection using parts work.

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EMDR East Anglia Autumn Networking, with dreams, Flash and MUS. Saturday Nov 20 2021.

Flash, Dream Completion, Post-Covid & Online, Chemical Sensitivity: a day of East Anglian EMDR networking.

0930-1630 Saturday Nov 20 2021

£40 EMDR Association UK Members: £60 for Non-Members

Stop Press: Now with 6 EMDR Association UK CPD points.

Join us for a day of regional (but not just us in East Anglia) networking, with Justin Havens taking us through his Dream Completion Technique and offering an introduction to the ever-more-popular Flash Technique.

Justin will join us for the first half of the morning, after which will have the opportunity to break into smaller groups to consider how to apply the learning to our individual practice.

After lunch, when we’ll hold our annual AGM, Mike Rivers will present a case study where he used attachment-informed EMDR to work with a client presenting with decades of debilitating multiple-chemical sensitivity. 

This case study provides a foundation for discussion and learning around working with the raft of symptoms that often come under the heading of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).

Mark Brayne will then present the findings of our research project with Sheffield University exploring therapist and client experiences of online EMDR, after which we want to offer you the opportunity to network and learn in small groups on the following specialist topics:

  • Q&A with Mike Rivers on the learning from his case study
  • Q&A with Mark Brayne on what we can take away from the research findings
  • Delving into Jim Knipe’s toolbox
  • Attachment-Informed EMDR
  • EMDR and somatic experiences
  • Working with police and emergency service personnel
  • Working with dissociation
  • A space simply to catch up with colleagues

The event will take place on Zoom but with plenty of opportunity to catch up with colleagues we very much hope to have an ‘in-person’ feel to the day.

Indeed, as an afterthought here, our East Anglia Regional Group is going to be focusing more in the next period, definitely online and perhaps once again in-person, on networking and personal connections between our members, with space as our events unfold for colleagues to present on their own areas of particular passion.

Perhaps there’s a passion you’d like to share? Let us know.

In the meantime, do sign up for the November networking day, and we look forward to seeing you again there.

Therapist Self-Care in a time of COVID and online working. With Dr Jamie Marich.

Saturday June 26 2021.

It’s never boring with Jamie.

Presented by Dr Jamie Marich and reported by Ushma Patel

Saturday 26th June 2021 saw many of us (50 delegates) attend online (from near and far) in an interactive, retreat style workshop for an afternoon of soothing techniques to learn how to keep ourselves safe, sane and healthy in this new world as COVID continues to unfold.

The EMDR Association’s East Anglia Regional Group were delighted to welcome back Dr Jamie Marich, an EMDR therapist and EMDRIA-approved trainer specialising in the treatment of trauma and addictions, and founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, shared with us the importance of mindfulness and meditation in modern living.

The main focus of the afternoon was Mindfulness and Meditation, and on how best we can maintain emotional and physical equilibrium as we work remotely with our clients’ deepest traumas.

Jamie talked us through some practical ideas and strategies for practicing mindfulness as a path for enhancing resilience, with special focus given to issues of workplace wellness. It was interesting to also understand the applicability of these techniques to our EMDR practice particularly the preparation and closure phases.

The online retreat started with a mini mindfulness exercise including ‘palming the face’ which enabled us to focus in further on the heat and energy resting on our face particularly around our eyes and temples incorporating bi-lateral stimulation.

A great technique to use when you have been in front of your computer all day writing up client notes!

After a stretching exercise which can aid in reducing back pain – a common complaint in our occupation – we were invited to sit or lie down to practice Yoga Nidra an exercise that encourages access to a powerful state of consciousness; to connect with ourselves, embrace ease and comfort and let go of effort.

Then, we were given the opportunity to ask questions about Yoga Nidra and its principles. It was fascinating to gain insight in to how Yoga Nidra and EMDR, with their correspondence between intention and Positive Cognitions, complement each other.

We spent some time talking in small groups to develop a basic care plan for staying well and resilient during the coming year of inevitably further transitions.

Through wider group discussion Jamie guided us through first-hand experience of care planning, with a take-home message to use such plans with our EMDR clients.

There was opportunity too to really explore what our body fuses to, whether that be music, sounds or art and colours. The active participation brought a sense of freedom alongside nourishment.

It was a brilliant, exploratory afternoon with opportunity to practise several mindfulness/meditative exercises, with a view to formally or informally apply them to our daily life as an approach for building resilience and cultivating a more balanced life.

We are truly grateful to Jamie for walking us through the relevance of mindfulness to one’s own personal care and burnout prevention, as well as how to translate these skills from our own personal life and practice into our EMDR therapy practice with clients.

The event was recorded so those who couldn’t attend live with us but who have paid and signed up in advance will have full access to the event for a further month.

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 the afternoon and evening times, as 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

With 6 EMDR Association UK CPD Points

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.

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