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. £50 for Association members, £55 for non-members

Points: 6 EMDR UK Association CPD Points to be applied for.

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!

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”

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”