I am an EMDRIA Approved EMDR consultant and I currently offer consultation for EMDR therapists either in-person in my office in San Diego, or for EMDR therapists throughout the world via Zoom, a HIPAA-Secure internet platform.
Consultees often come to me for the following:
- EMDRIA Certification
- Treatment of Perinatal Mental Health with EMDR therapy
- Consultation to build your confidence and practice utilizing EMDR
- Using EMDR therapy via telehealth with virtual applications
EMDR Therapy is the most powerful approach to resolving the trauma of painful experiences that I have encountered as a therapist. My own work with clients has become exponentially more effective because of the hours I have invested in consultation with experts in this field.
I approach the role of being an EMDRIA Approved Consultant with a sense of great responsibility (and a great deal of passion!). I want to provide a safe place for consultees to share where you might be challenged in applying the complexities of the EMDR treatment model. I also want to empower you to go beyond just memorizing steps and instead understand the “why”. Truly understanding each component of the EMDR protocol in depth can help you better address the unique needs of your clients (and helps when you’re stuck!).
If you are coming to consultation to work towards certification, let’s talk about what that means. A certified EMDR therapist needs to understand how to follow the Standard EMDR Protocol in its entirety. Research has shown that therapists who drift, in that they apply parts but not all of the protocol when working with clients, do not provide the efficacy in trauma resolution seen with those who are careful and complete their application of all 8 phases of EMDR therapy.
Once a therapist has become adept in the application of the Standard EMDR Protocol, they can then broaden their skills to effectively address the needs of more intricate cases, such as those involving very early childhood neglect and abuse, dissociation, perinatal mental health, and compulsive behaviors. It is essential for these cases that clinicians learn the clinical skills needed (and the “WHY”) so they are not simply applying a formula and can actually think more conceptually about how to treat using EMDR.
EMDR therapists must have the skills to determine when to deviate from the Standard EMDR Protocol, when to use modifications, and be fully able to articulate why each adaptation is necessary. Consultation can help support you with making these treatment decisions.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT CONSULTATION:
I want to become certified in EMDR therapy, what do I need to know?
I’d recommend you visit EMDRIA’s page outlining the certification process here: before choosing a Consultant and starting consultation.
I’m not working towards Certification (or am already certified) but I do want more support in my use of EMDR therapy with clients. Are you available for consultation outside of certification?
Absolutely! Consultation is a wonderful way to strengthen your skills and confidence with the use of EMDR therapy with clients and explore working with specific protocols and populations (such as with pregnant and postpartum clients). Together we can help you hone your craft.
What can I expect from you as an EMDR consultant?
I am guided by EMDRIA standards and as such, I require that Consultees demonstrate proficiency and understanding of the EMDR Standard Protocol (8-phases, 3-prong model) in order to receive a letter of recommendation for Certification from me. I require that Consultees provide video samples of EMDR sessions done on phases 3 through 7 (including discussion of 1, 2, and 8). Samples need to demonstrate accurate application of EMDR protocol, and some Consultees do need to provide more than one sample before demonstrating proficiency.
Currently, I offer individual consultation sessions and charge $155 per hour. Upon request, I do sometimes offer small closed groups (such as for perinatal mental health specialists) and charge $250 a person for 2 hours of group. For individuals who have attended HAP trainings and who are seeking consultation to fulfill your basic training consultation requirements, please contact me for pricing and availability.
How do I start working with you as my Consultant?
Once you have reviewed the above information and determined if I sound like I am a good fit for you, then let’s schedule time to talk by phone about the consultation process. If it is a good fit for us to work together, you will complete an online consultation packet and we will begin.
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