Unleash your EMDR: Release the Magic Part 3. EMDR with Couples, and Addictions.


  • Start Course: Fri-Sun Apr 30-May 2 2021.
  • Course Duration: Online, on Zoom. Apr/May dates 0700-1200 UK time/1600-2100 AEST.
  • Course Capacity: 63


  • Instructors Mark Brayne & Annabel McGoldrick
  • Department: EMDR Europe Accredited Consultants

Course Summary

Unleash your EMDR Part 3 is our experimental and newest project, first trialled in February 2021 over two UK days, with three shorter days coming up in April/May, the first part led by EMDR Focus Directors Mark and Jutta Brayne on working with couples, and the second guided by Annabel McGoldrick on EMDR with addictions (click this link).

Attendees to these days must already have completed our Unleash your EMDR Part 1 training, or Laurel Parnell’s full Part 3 advanced clinical workshop in Attachment-Focused EMDR.

If you’d like to join us for the day on EMDR with couples, please note that this is not a basic training in how to do this work, and best experienced if you’re already familiar with couples work. However, we’ll welcome colleagues for whom this might be an introduction to basic couples therapy.

The two elements can be booked individually for those interested in one or other subject.

Part 3 Course Dates

Unleash your EMDR: Release the Magic - Part Three. Online.

Dates: Fri-Sun Apr 30-May 2 2021 (especially for Australia/NZ. Note that we start with Couples, and switch to Addictions half way through Day Two.)

Times: Apr/May 0700-1200 BST/1600-2100 AEST.

Venue: Online, on Zoom.

Cost: £375 (note that this includes VAT, full facilitation & workshop materials), £195 for either of the days individually, in both cases whether taking part from the UK or overseas.

About these workshops

Workshop Outline

Unleash Part 3 is open to colleagues who have completed a Part 1 Unleash workshop, and is split in half, whether over two or three days, bookable together or individually, and focusing EMDR with couples and with addictions.

And a reminder that the couples day will be found particularly useful by those already trained or experienced in this work.

The April workshop is aimed especially at our friends in Australia and NZ, running from 0700-1200 UK time each day and 1600-2100 Sydney time.

All of day one and half of day two will be on Couples, and then we switch to Addictions at 0900 UK time/1800 Sydney time on day 2, with day 3 completing the addictions piece.

Colleagues are welcome to join from wherever they are in the world.

EMDR with couples can be astonishingly effective, including in these times of Covid especially online, drawing on an understanding of how we get triggered in relationship by unresolved issues from our developmental past.

Mark and Jutta Brayne, pictured at the top of this page in 2016 at the bottom of New Zealand at the end of a 3000km tandem odyssey the length of both NZ islands – the ultimate experience perhaps in bilateral stimulation – lead this part of the workshop, drawing their own extensive experience of both functional and dysfunctional couple dynamics.

Now EMDR Consultants, Mark and Jutta were divorced for 13 years from 2000 to 2013 when they remarried (yes, literally, she said Yes on the top of Machu Picchu in Peru, seconds after the second photograph above was taken) and both hold diplomas in transpersonal couple psychotherapy.

Join us to find out more (but not more than you can bear!)

Working with EMDR in the couples context, we draw generously from both the attachment-informed case conceptualisation and target selection tools you will have been introduced to in Unleash Part 1, and on understandings from Imago therapy in particular that the relationship is the primary client rather than the two individuals separately who co-create that dyad.

This part of the workshop will include an introduction to the fundamentals of EMDR-informed couples therapy, with videos, small group and facilitated pairwork using Zoom’s breakout rooms facility, and some exceptionally powerful and tender videos of how couple relationships can be transformed by targeting, in the intimacy of the pair, the root issues being triggered between them.

On EMDR and Addictions, many of our clients with attachment wounds go on to develop full-blown life threatening addictions, from anorexia through to alcoholism.

Learn on our second Unleash Part 3 segment how specifically to target the euphoria of urges and addiction, the buzz that drives drinking, binge-eating through to drug use and pornography.

Even everyday addictions like scrolling through the internet, nail biting and watching TV can be dealt with using these methods.

As part of the workshop you’ll get to watch a demonstration, practise using these tools and have space to discuss your own casework.

To give you a taster of the workshop content, do read Annabel’s recent article (link) for the EMDR Therapy Quarterly Winter 2020 Vol 2 No 1, the Journal of the UK EMDR Association and reproduced here on EMDR Focus website.

Course Focus


  • Creating safety and connection between couples;
  • How to coach couples to communicate with compassion and a willingness to understand the other’s experience;
  • Attachment- and narrative-informed case conceptualisation of how their relationship got to be the way it is;
  • The use of mutual bridging to identify the root experiences being re-experienced in the couple’s immediate interactions;
  • How to deploy bilateral stimulation/dual attention stimulus while maintaining kind and focused connection between the pair;
  • As in Parts 1 and 2, inviting a wide range of imaginal and creative interweaves to facilitate client healing in accordance with the principles of Adaptive Information Processing;
  • The importance and value of session structure and equipping the couple, in practical and measurable terms, to experience their joint lives differently.


  • The Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP) from Robert Miller for reducing the intensity of the addictive buzz.
  • The DeTur method from Arnold Popky for reducing urges.
  • Jim Knipe’s inimitable way of combining the two.
  • Ways to target with EMDR the shame of being trapped in addictive patterns.
  • Skills to heal the roots of addiction in the past by repairing the ruptures in early attachment relationships.
  • Understand the relational dynamics that fuel or reduce addiction in the present.
  • Learn from Annabel’s experiences, including mistakes in applying all of these tools with her clients.
Testimonials for Part 3 Couples

Working with couples is a real passion of mine and one that will be a focus for a future Masters Degree when I can find the right course! As an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist working towards accreditation, I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to reflect in my small group the possibilities of integrating the 8-Phase Protocol of EMDR with the 3 stage/9 step model of EFT. The possibilities are extremely exciting at each stage and I am dying to explore this in more detail with fellow EMDR/EFTers.

Excellent course, loved how the AI-EMDR couple protocol dovetails so productively with Imago therapy/the CCPE approach to couple therapy. EMDR can be used to alleviate barriers to empathy and intimacy between the couple arising from early attachment wounding.

I have been involved in couples therapy for a number of years and I have to say the addition of EMDR has re-energised my enthusiasm for this area of work. I really feel this will add much more depth to these sessions – and as a result, the effectiveness of them for my couples too. I have also been impressed with the technical aspect of your delivery of these workshops online – they run smoothly as well as time-wise. The use of break-out groups appears to be particularly effective.

The training reinforced what I had gained from supervision in AI-EMDR. [What I especially took away was] clarity on how/what to work on with each individual partner/knowing when to address something with the couple and when to treat the individual separately from the couples sessions.

Very interesting and meaningful content. I don’t actually work with couples but I think it will help with my relationship with my husband, and with client’s relationships.

As a non-practising therapist in couples therapy, I still find the workshop useful as these days I do have a few clients that would need some form of couples therapy. Attending this workshop certainly helps me to think of better ways to help them.

Before the workshop I would not have used EMDR with couples. Now I feel equipped to try it out. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and it was very thought provoking. It will take me some time to get through all of the recommended resources but they were also very valuable.

Testimonials for Part 3 Addictions

Thank you Annabel – what a fantastic day – I learned so much and I really appreciate all your hard work and enthusiasm! It wasn’t’ death by PowerPoint’ but inspiration by PowerPoint. Loads of ideas and material were covered in that one short day and I look forward to re-reading the slides and following up on the people and ideas to find out more. I will need to practise and consolidate the protocol but I feel confident to do so. The short piece of work I did as a client has been amazing – it seems to have completely uncoupled eating unhealthy food from the buzz-feeling of a sense of belonging, which I’m very happy about!

The workshop was very rich and informative. I found the live demo video really helpful and the practicums. Facilitation was excellent and encouraging. It was helpful that other theories and literature on addictions was drawn on, as this allowed the workshop to be pitched to clinicians with varying experience of working with addictions.

As always, the workshops are innovative and support the development of advanced EMDR skills, providing clear and applicable guidance on how to work with more complex presentations using EMDR. It was also really valuable that Annabel offered guidance on what to focus on if clients struggle to access particular information about their experience when setting up targets.

It was a useful reminder of the dopamine effect. The 12-steps discussion was very helpful and interesting to see how it works in EMDR and with AF EMDR. The handouts were great – like having an in-depth book on the topic which I will certainly make use of.

I really enjoyed the training and thought the presentation and materials were excellent. Many thanks.

A really enlivening workshop and fabulous overview linking EMDR with . . . ‘everything’. Extensive resources most welcome

I wasn’t sure addictions would really be up my street as I don’t see these clients and nor do my supervisees (or so I thought)! But in the first 10 minutes I could see just how applicable this is to my work in therapy and supervision! I loved Annabel’s enthusiasm and humanness. She made it all seem so effortless and I hope to be able to use the protocol with the same level of confidence she does some day. As always the training was extremely well organised and efficient.


Health Warning

These workshops include full, in-depth and live demonstrations of EMDR with real personal issues. This can be a very powerful experience, both for the group and for the volunteer kindly offering themselves to work openly this way.

Participants are invited to work in pairs and triads on similarly real issues, using the tools of attachment-informed EMDR, and this too can go surprisingly deep.

While we find that participants value this opportunity, both as therapist and client, the experience can be triggering. For our part, we commit to doing our best to keep the training safe and contained.

We correspondingly ask participants to take responsibility for their own responses, and to remain at all times open and respectful towards the processes and learnings that will unfold as the workshops proceed.

You will of course have the opportunity to decline to bring personal issues to the practicum, but for your own sake and that of others on the workshop, please do allow space for a willingness to be vulnerable, as well as to be bold.

By registering for an EMDR Focus workshop, and recognising that participation can involve both observation and personal experience of sometimes profound trauma processing, participants agree to take appropriate responsibility for their own emotional wellbeing, and to ensure they have access to any necessary therapeutic and/or supervisory support following the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel up to six weeks before the workshop, we will refund your fee minus a 10% handling charge. After that, refunds will be at the discretion of EMDR Focus.

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