Welcome to EMDR Focus

Ever felt lost in a sea of faces on a Zoom call?

Ever felt you paid too much for an online training that turned out to be a webinar with the presenter talking at you for 15 hours?

Our EMDR Focus workshops are packed with added value:

  • Handouts that give you step-by-step guides to use these tools with confidence straight away;
  • Carefully written, road-tested protocols that tell you everything you need on one piece of paper;
  • Facilitated practice that means you have the Consultant in the room coaching you all the way;
  • Live demos of a whole therapy session.

Equipping you to know exactly what to do, even with your most difficult clients, when you step back into the office.

Participant numbers are capped to ensure you receive personalised facilitation throughout the course.

And there’s even ongoing support after the workshop, when you join the community of others trained in this powerful therapy, brainstorming, discussing how to solve the most challenging client presentations and getting live feedback on problems.

The Corona virus has changed probably for ever how we EMDR therapists work with our clients and (almost) all our workshops are now delivered exclusively online.

Do browse around our new website (with photos of our home on the North Norfolk coast in the UK, and also from tandeming the length of New Zealand ion 2016) for further information, on how to use EMDR online and how to Release the Magic, as we put it, of this extraordinarily powerful therapy.

If you’re already trained in EMDR, you’ll know the central position of what EMDR’s founder Francine Shapiro termed the Standard Protocol (SP).

At EMDR Focus we honour the value of that Protocol’s eight-phase/three-pronged structure, encouraging our workshop attendees and supervisees at the same time to build on that, and take EMDR to deeper relational levels with their clients.

We know colleagues who’ve trained in EMDR and never quite got going with it.

We know many too who do use it but, especially when working with clients presenting with more complex dysfunction rooted in childhood experiences of attachment to primary caregivers, find themselves at times constrained by what can be misunderstood as Standard Protocol rigidity.

The Standard EMDR Protocol, with its sequencing of cognitions negative and positive, its numbering of a PC’s validity and of the intensity of a client’s emotions (the VoC), has its important research-based place in the treatment of PTSD – and as the standardised approach that unites those working with EMDR around the world.

For working with more challenging clients, though, and with new definitions of complex or developmental C-PTSD increasingly embraced by the psychological professions, there’s a growing awareness how essential it is to adapt the Standard Protocol to the needs of the client.

So, in our EMDR Focus workshops, we build on the Standard Procedural Steps that make EMDR such a distinctive therapy (from History Taking and Preparation through Assessment and Desensitisation to Installation/Tapping In of the positive cognition, Body Scan and Re-evaluation and Closure), while introducing colleagues to the widest range of adjustments that fit the therapy to the individual.

Excitingly, with Zoom opening the entire planet to this work (as long as one can manage time zones!), we’ve now added new workshops to our offer, stretching EMDR beyond the basics into working with intergenerational trauma, with parts and ego states, with dreams, with addictions.

If these thoughts capture either your own experience of EMDR as therapist, or indeed your concerns as a client, then we’ll be delighted either to work with you in therapy (contact us via our Braynework psychotherapy website) or to coach, train and inspire you to take your EMDR practice to a higher – or perhaps deeper – level.

Do get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Mark and Jutta Brayne, with the EMDR Focus team.