Eating Disorders and EMDR, with Consultant Pam Virdi. Norwich Cathedral, Sat April 27, 2019.

Friend and Foe in Equal Measure: Eating Disorders & Using EMDR in Treatment

Saturday April 27, 2019 | 0900 for 0930 – 1630

The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, NR1 4DH

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

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The EMDR UK Association’s East Anglia regional group is especially pleased to welcome our Birmingham-based Consultant colleague Pam Virdi to Norwich Cathedral (fabulous venue!) to take us through how to use EMDR to treat eating disorders.

As EMDR Europe-accredited Consultant for nearly 10 years now, Pam has made a speciality of training EMDR for this very particular and at times challenging group of clients, and we’re in for an inspiring day.

The aim of the workshop is to help participants understand:

  • What factors and influences shape the development and maintenance of eating disorders;
  • Why understanding and working with ambivalence is essential to successful treatment;
  • How to manage and minimise medical risk arising from disordered eating and compensatory behaviours;
  • How to select appropriate targets for EMDR  intervention and the adaptations that need to be made to the Standard Protocol;
  • Use of the Addiction/Feeling State Protocols to work with eating disorder symptoms and behaviours and to neutralise inappropriate positive affect.

Learning Outcomes:    Following the training day participants will:

  • Understand key aspects of eating disorders, including ambivalence;
  • Understand medical risk aspects of the various eating disorders and will know how to attend to these risks during treatment;
  • Understand the adaptations that need to be made to the standard protocol for this client group with a clear rationale for these changes;
  • Understand  key aspects of psycho-education that may be needed as educational interweaves when processing is looping or blocked;
  • Have practised preparing for blocks in the desensitisation phase where eating disorder myths often manifest as blocking beliefs.

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Small print: cancellations up to 14 days before the event will be refunded minus a £10 booking fee.

Cancellations after that date will not be refunded. 

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.


  • 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.