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.”

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

By James Thomas

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

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.

Six EMDR Association UK&I CPD Points

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.

Six EMDR Association UK CPD Points

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.

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”

It’s a Kind of Magic: EMDR & The Transpersonal, Ipswich, Nov 11 2017

Ninth East Anglia EMDR Regional Networking Day

Kesgrave Community Centre, Ipswich, Saturday Nov 11, 2017

Morning Presentation by Mark Brayne, EMDR Consultant, with clients MJ and GV.

Mark began his presentation – to a capacity audience of some 70 colleagues – by reiterating the basic tenets and structure of EMDR Therapy (the eight phases, BLS, Dual Attention and Past-Present-Future) and answering the question, “What is the Transpersonal?”

He described how a transpersonal approach goes deeper than the conditioned ego to a discovery of a more enduring and essential self, and this expands our understanding of the magic of EMDR by helping clients to “break the energetic spells” that have trapped them, like Sleeping Beauty, in the emotional dysfunctions of their past.

This, and other recent developments, such as Laurel Parnell’s Attachment-Focused EMDR, are contributing to the development and expansion of EMDR.

Transpersonal EMDR emphasises the development, with the client, of a “resource team” of archetypes and qualities which can play an important part in the processing itself, either spontaneously, or when called upon by the client, using active imagination.

Other techniques include target selection via bridging from present to past; the use of creative interweaves; the transfer of consciousness (e.g from Adult State to an apparently malevolent Ego State in order to discover its benevolent intention); dreamwork; an understanding of alchemy; and the impact and processing of trans-generational trauma.

Two of Mark’s clients attending as guests, MJ and GV, described their own experience of transpersonal EMDR, and their deep healing.

Their descriptions were interwoven with clarifications from Mark on how the work expanded and “petalled”, like a flower, but always within the container of the eight-phase process, so that he and the client return to all the targets that have emerged from the work, usually enabling an appropriate completion of each session, even when the target itself needs (sometimes much) further work in future sessions.

This presentation was enthusiastically received, and MJ and GV were applauded for their courage and openness.

Following questions, and lunch, the East Anglia Group held its AGM at which, with some 30 colleagues joining in, it was agreed that the Regional Steering Group would be reconstituted, with a Chair, a Chair Elect, and the Past Chair each holding that post for one year, serving therefore for three years in all in a specific role.

A new role is also envisaged, of Web Manager and Media Secretary, with responsibility both for the website and the Google group.

Specific roles will be voted on every two years – non-specific roles will be considered annually.

The Steering Committee will consist of no more than 10 members, and for the coming year is made up of the following colleagues:

Chair – Mark Brayne; Chair-Elect  – James Thomas; Past Chair & Trauma Aid rep – Sonya Farrell; Secretary – Shirley Young; Treasurer – Joe Kearney; Richard Holborn; Morven Fyfe  (new); Lauli Moschini (new – TA volunteer).

Janet Harvey and Balbindar Mann volunteered to be standby members for the committee.

Afternoon: Sonya Farrell gave a short talk about Trauma Aid, outlining its developing role in training EMDR therapists in troubled areas of Europe and the Middle East.  Sonya encouraged us to join Trauma Aid (fee is only £15 a year).

She also referred to a sister organisation, the Trauma Response Network(TRN) recently set up to provide EMDR therapy following events in the UK such as the Manchester bombing and the Grenfell Tower disaster.

For more information about how to join Trauma Aid, or to volunteer for TRN, go to (for TRN, click on “For Clinicians” then on “Volunteer for EMDR Trauma Response”.)

We then divided into six groups, to discuss issues such as mapping complex cases, working with disabilities, online therapy etc. A consultant or consultant-in-training, was present for each group.

This was followed by a very successful raffle for Trauma Aid, which raised £165, with prizes of a comprehensive library of EMDR books most generously donated by outgoing/retiring steering group member and co-founded of the regional group, Maeve Allison.

The day finished with our ever-popular consultants’ forum, which addressed details of consultants’ training; how EMDR could become more widely known; and Francine Shapiro’s latest book, due out in Feb 2018.

Dates and venues for Networking Days in 2018 were discussed, with Saturday April 28 earmarked for, it is hoped, a day with Derek Farrell on the Blind to Therapist Protocol, possibly in Ely (or Cambridge), with Saturday Nov 10 noted down for a meeting possibly in Chelmsford looking at EMDR and the military.

Continue reading “It’s a Kind of Magic: EMDR & The Transpersonal, Ipswich, Nov 11 2017”

Dr Jamie Marich thrills at Norwich on EMDR Made Simple – April 22 2017

Dr Jamie Marich in Norwich – author of EMDR Made Simple, using EMDR with Every Client

Report by Shirley Young

This was a well-attended and inspiring networking day and, without the usual focus on Powerpoint presentations, a relationally engaging experience!

Jamie started the day experientially by bringing us into presence in the way she starts her client sessions, guiding us to pay attention to the sensory experiencing of the room we were in: the sights, sounds, smells, physical sensations of touch and physical connection to chair and floor, and then our breathing, and finally encouraging us to move and stretch so we were bodily connected before she began engaging with us.

Norwich Sports Park audience paying rapt attention to Jamie Marich

Jamie began by sketching out her personal journey of how she came to work with EMDR, both personally and professionally.

She highlighted the difference between having knowledge and understanding from participating in personal therapy and the 12-steps programme, and the effects of experiencing EMDR, allowing her to move into “becoming” as a result of a therapy that addressed bodily experiencing.

Continue reading “Dr Jamie Marich thrills at Norwich on EMDR Made Simple – April 22 2017”

Regional Networking Day Nov 26 2016 | Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

Quy Mill Hotel conference room, with gorgeous views.

Report by Shirley Young, Regional Group Secretary

Around 70 of us met for a fascinating day of networking and helpful presentations and the usual opportunities for asking questions. The Q&A section and networking groups were enhanced by having the expertise of several EMDR Association Board members available to us.

Regional Co-Chair Mark Brayne introduced the day and welcomed the EMDR Association President Derek Farrell, President-Elect Lorraine Knibbs, co-ordinator on the Board for the regions Paul Keenan, and our first speaker (and himself also past President of the Association) Robin Logie.

Robin Logie introducing the Flash Forward Procedure

Robin’s presentation introduced us to the FlashForward Procedure (FFP) or, as Cindy Browning named it in an EMDRIA newsletter, the float-forward technique.

Unlike the Future Template, which targets a predictable feared event, the FFP targets an imagined catastrophic event that is unlikely to occur but may preoccupy the client sufficiently to impair full re- engagement with their life.

Robin explained that while EMDR’s AIP model is about unprocessed traumatic events, our conditioned fear stimulus makes us susceptible to react to conditions that in some way remind us of the original trauma.

Our reaction to, or avoidance of, the trigger can be associated with our unrecognised belief about the imagined consequences of our most catastrophic outcome.

Targeting this imagined catastrophic event can uncover fundamental issues and even unresolved events that may have been missed in processing past and present events.

In describing the FFP Robin encouraged us to keep asking “what is the worst thing that could happen” and then “what would be the worst thing about that happening”. Dying isn’t enough!

It is important to illicit the full meaning of the catastrophic event following the scenario to its ultimate conclusion. Sometimes this uncovers surprising meanings for the client and may be helpful as an exercise even without processing.

The standard protocol is then used to process the catastrophic meaning of the event.

Robin shared the example of a lady frightened of being killed as a result of being knocked off her bike.  Although the original trauma had been processed and she had attempted to re-engage with cycling, she was still too frightened to cycle.

Using the FFP her catastrophic outcome was not dying but that dying would mean she would lose her family, who would no longer be around her.  When asked to choose what was worse – dying or losing her family – the client identified the latter. “Going with that” choice, she realised that dying actually wasn’t so bad!

Aside from Robin’s main presentation on the FlashForward, we explored also a number of other useful techniques. These included the narrative approach for helping process a child’s story, where the therapist writes down the story in appropriate language, drawing on all appropriate sources including the child and the parents, and reads it back to the child, with BLS as it unfolds.

We heard too of the vertical hand technique for helping calm arousal, and for soothing headaches/migraine. (I know that one delegate experimented with this during one of the breaks and reduced her headache with good effect!)

Dr Derek Farrell in full flow…. President of the Association

Our second presenter of the day was Derek Farrell. Before fielding EMDR questions from the floor, he was able to give us a helpful overview of EMDR internationally, drawing on his experience as vice-president of EMDR Europe and his involvement with Trauma Aid UK and Trauma Aid Europe.

Despite our frequent frustration with psychological services in the UK and the gap between what we know could be possible with the right funding and what is actually available, Derek helped us realise that we are, in fact, quite privileged.

Countries which have experienced violence and even genocide such as Cambodia, Iraq, and Pakistan have poor mental health services, and lack understanding about trauma and its effects. Our understanding that there is a correlation between adverse childhood experiences and poor physical health outcomes is now being clearly observed in these countries.

Derek conveyed the difficulties of introducing training in countries where one is not building on previous psychotherapeutic knowledge. Instead training involves building trauma capacity. This involves providing education about what constitutes trauma, and then how to assess risk, manage psychological triage, provide trauma first aid and identify who requires treatment.

Derek also noted that progress is often hampered by established professionals who struggle to allow para-professionals to work in new ways that challenge the status quo.

After this introduction Derek fielded a variety of EMDR-related questions.

A key theme that Derek highlighted was the need for research that moved away from practice-based to research-based evidence. The possibility of moving EMDR training to university-based training could address this issue.

He also noted that it was important to identify what data was required beyond purely psychological data if funding was to be forthcoming and the effectiveness of EMDR as applied to different situations was to compete with the research base for CBT.

EMDR Europe is trying to address the research issue by encouraging small RCT trials in different countries, with the view to pooling outcomes.

Mid-afternoon we split, as usual, into network groups well supported by the wealth of expertise on hand. Groups included DID, OCD, Accreditation, Depression, Accumulated trauma and Psychosis.

Robin Logie, Walid Abdul-Hamid and Mark Brayne, Consultants exploring best practice in response to questions from the floor

Before the day concluded Derek, Lorraine & Paul joined Consultants from our own network to provide a panel to explore further questioning from the floor.

All in all, this was a most satisfying day in a splendid venue with good food and the occasional amusement supplied by Treasurer Joe Kearney taking photos from the back and Mark fielding the technical problems caused by computers packing up and power disturbance.

A raffle in aid of Trauma Aid UK (TAUK) had more meaning after hearing Derek’s earlier presentation, and Robin has let us know that we made a total of £363.50, including £189.50 in sales of books and support materials, and £174 on the raffle.

Regional Co-Chair Sonya Farrell also let us know that Walid Abdul-Hamid, Chelmsford regional rep and accredited Consultant, had only just arrived back from Gaziantep in Turkey where he had been training for TAUK, and yet managed despite jetlag and lack of sleep to participate in our Q&A. There’s dedication and commitment!

We look forward to our next regional networking day in Norwich on Saturday April 22nd, with Dr Jamie Marich from the USA, being as enjoyable and fruitful.