EMDR Focus is sister training company to Braynework Ltd, previously working closely with Dr Laurel Parnell, author of several books and highly respected trainer in what she describes as Attachment-Focused EMDR.

We’ve also worked in the past to support UK trainings with Dr Jim Knipe of EMDR Toolbox fame, and  Dr Jamie Marich, author of EMDR Made Simple, is a close associate.

EMDR Focus is operated in tandem (excuse the literal pun…) by Mark and Jutta Brayne, from their home on the Norfolk Norfolk coast in the UK (though the photograph is of them cycling the Danube in 2018.)

Please browse on for our team’s personal biographies and backgrounds.

Katie Smith Organisational and Technical Support katie@bilateralbase.com

I am a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist and EMDR therapist in private practice.

I met Mark Brayne in 2019 when I interviewed him for my doctoral research into ‘How EMDR can be integrated into a relational therapeutic approach when working with clients presenting with complex trauma’.

I subsequently completed Mark’s training and was blown away by how beautifully this approach fitted with my relational, integrative way of working, something I had found challenging with the basic EMDR training.

As well as doing research and clinical work, I am also one of the founders of ‘Bilateral Base’ which provides a video conferencing platform with integrated BLS capability for online EMDR as well as high quality wireless equipment for in-person therapy.

I use both my knowledge of Integrative Attachment-Informed EMDR and of technology to provide general and tech support to participants and facilitators at the ‘Unleash’ Workshops.


mark brayne
Mark Brayne EMDR-Europe Accredited Consultant, Co-Director of Braynework mark@braynework.com

With a background in journalism (30 years with Reuters and the BBC, and Cold War postings in Moscow, Berlin, Vienna and Beijing) and in all-too-often bad news, I’m co-Director with my partner Jutta Brayne of both EMDR Focus (as our EMDR training arm), and of our sister company Braynework through which we offer psychotherapy. (more…)

Annabel McGoldrick
Annabel McGoldrick EMDR-Europe Accredited Consultant, EMDR Training Facilitator annabelmcg@mac.com

Annabel McGoldrick is Training Facilitator with EMDR Focus, specialising in Attachment-Focused EMDR, and runs a thriving full time EMDR psychotherapy practice in Central Oxford whilst teaching part-time at the University of Sydney in Australia. (more…)

Jutta Brayne
Jutta Brayne EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner

Reflecting EMDR Focus’ integrative and client-centred approach to psychotherapy, I bring to my work a thorough and comprehensive training in several mainstream therapy approaches, including trauma therapy, allowing me to offer psychotherapy closely tailored to your needs and wishes as client. (more…)

Shawn Katz EMDR-Europe Accredited Consultant, HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist shawnkatz@btinternet.com

I am a HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and UKCP-registered psychotherapist, having my Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in California, USA in 1999. (more…)

Sarah Robinson EMDR-Europe Accredited Consultant, CBT Therapist

My route into psychological therapies started in 2005 when, after qualifying as a nurse in the late 1990s, I first trained as a CBT therapist. After becoming familiar with this approach within a busy Crisis/Home Intensive treatment team, I was fortunate to secure a post as High Intensity Therapist with a local pilot IAPT service, going on to complete my EMDR training in 2009. (more…)

James Thomas
James Thomas EMDR UK Accredited Practitioner

James Thomas has been a Registered Mental Health Nurse for the past 25 years, and in 2014 was one of the first EMDR enthusiasts in the UK to train in depth (attending together with Mark Brayne a small group training event in York) with Dr Laurel Parnell. (more…)

Kristina Sandstrom
Kristina Sandstrom EMDR-Europe Accredited Consultant, Chartered Counselling Psychologist kristina.sandstrom@gmail.com

Kristina is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with 13 years of experience within three nationally recognised services, including a tertiary specialist trauma service and a residential trauma clinic where she worked as a supervisor and trauma clinician. (more…)