WHY MY TRAININGS?
I became involved in EMDR when a colleague in the NHS, John Spector, the first person in the UK to receive training in the USA with Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR, invited me to a London training by Francine. I became a facilitator – a specially trained clinician - on the American trainings in the UK. Over time, EMDR UK and Ireland was created and I was, after John Spector, the second President of EMDR UK and Ireland Association. I was also the Membership Secretary for some years as I had administrative staff in the office to deal with that. I worked with another colleague, Richard Mitchell, who became a Trainer for some time before I became a Trainer myself.
Richard made significant contributions to the EMDR Europe Association which now has member companies and is 25 years old. Over the years I became a Senior Trainer. I was pleased to support an EMDR Trained clinician who was working for Moving Minds, the organisation I mentioned earlier, when he left his HR position in the Navy. He subsequently became a Facilitator and Trainer for Moving Minds before leaving to set up his own business.
I also supported another Facilitator to become an EMDR Trainer
My background is as a Clinical Psychologist, trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I worked as an NHS Consultant in north London. During my time in the NHS I also achieved a postgraduate diploma in CBT at Kings College in London. My wide professional background has always stood me in good stead in using EMDR.
When I left the NHS I established the first private organisation in the UK that offered evidence based treatment to people from all backgrounds and origins. Moving Minds Psychological Management and Rehabilitation had a national reach and all referrals were managed by psychological graduates or post-graduates, rather than administrative staff. During the 16 years of Moving Minds’ development I conducted EMDR Trainings nationally. We were the only organisation that offered EMDR treatment at that stage.
Moving Minds was sold just before the COVID-19 pandemic started. I have since then dedicated myself to small group EMDR Trainings, professional consultation and supervision in EMDR for NHS clinicians trained in EMDR, and EMDR treatment.
Most people receiving EMDR very much take to it when they are well prepared and understand how it works.