Unleash Your EMDR in Auckland, New Zealand, July 24-26, 2020: Advanced Clinical Workshop in Laurel Parnell’s Attachment-Focused EMDR.

M and J at Bluff
Mark and Jutta Brayne in Bluff, NZ, March 2016, at end of 3000-km Tour Aotearoa of NZ North to South.

AF-EMDR Workshop with Facilitated Practice/Practicums

With Mark Brayne, EMDR Europe-Accredited Consultant & Parnell Institute Trainer

Auckland, Fri-Sat/Sun July 24-25/26, 2020 (Glendowie Historic Homestead, 268 West Tamaki Rd, Auckland) | Two day workshop with optional extra day for practice/going-deeper.

With 12/18 hours of EMDR NZ-approved CE/CPD credits. Participation qualifies for registration on the Parnell Institute Find-A-Therapist website.

Cost: Early Bird ((NOW EXTENDED TO END FEB 2020)) NZ$550 for two days, NZ$700 for three days. After that, NZ$650/800. Prices include GST.

To Book/register interest…

School of Philosophy, Glendowie, Auckland.

Therapists already familiar with basic EMDR protocols (and trained to at least Part 2 level) are invited to join our first EMDR Focus workshop in New Zealand, with practical and facilitated coaching in Dr Laurel Parnell’s Attachment-Focused approach to working with client dysfunctions rooted in developmental experiences in childhood.

Conceived and presented in close partnership with Dr Parnell, author of the key EMDR texts Attachment-Focused EMDR and A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, these workshops are built around teaching, discussion, live demonstrations of AF-EMDR in action, and supervised dyad work as both therapist and client.

We’re bringing these Unleash workshops in 2020 to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth as well as to Auckland, where with support from EMDRNZ-accredited colleague Dr Helen Rathore, Mark Brayne is workshop leader. Jutta Brayne and James Thomas will be facilitators.

(NB: in explanation of the bicycling photo at the top of this page, Mark and Jutta know NZ well, and in 2016 tandemed length of both islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff with their then-NZ-based daughter. A triumph of bi- and tri-lateral stimulation…)


Attendees on our Unleash Your EMDR workshops are introduced to:

  • Attachment-informed case conceptualisation, and the importance of understanding and working with attachment in addressing the root causes of most client presentations;
  • the use of creative imagination in the effective resourcing of even the most complex clients;
  • the proactive use of the bridging technique to identify developmental targets most likely to deliver change in a client’s current life;
  • 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 when working with childhood trauma and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs);
  • and, working intuitively with transgenerational trauma and dreams.

The core Auckland workshop (confirmation of it going ahead will depend on numbers…) will run Friday-Saturday, with an extra day for those who’d like to stay on for further facilitated practice, and especially to explore EMDR for intergenerational trauma on which Mark presented in October 2019 at Dr Parnell’s Parnell Institute Conference in San Francisco.

Feedback from previous workshops:

It was just the most incredible weekend, absolutely life-changing personally and professionally. It has changed and shaped my EMDR practice for ever more. Thank you!

Mark’s creative approach to Attachment-Focused EMDR brings clarity and focus to working with the root causes of trauma, and the demonstration session was very inspiring.

One of the best courses I have ever attended. Mark is the best trainer I have come across. He exudes expertise, is engaging, compassionate – and I would even use the word “gifted”. For me, EMDR has come to life!

Mark Brayne’s own research into Dr Laurel Parnell’s AF-EMDR, presented at the March 2018 London conference of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland, drew on returns from nearly 90 AF-EMDR-trained therapists and nearly 50 clients treated with this approach, and highlighted the value and power of working in this way with more complex presentations.

Without challenging the place of the Standard Protocol in EMDR training, the workshop aims to inspire and resource clinicians currently struggling with how best to use EMDR with complex clients, also generating practice-based evidence in how appropriately to work with more difficult client groups.

Health warning!!

Note that these workshops include a full, in-depth and live demonstration on day one of AF-EMDR with a real personal issue. This can be a very powerful experience, both for the group and for the volunteer kindly offering themselves to work openly this way.

On day two, participants are invited to work in pairs on similarly real issues, using the tools of AF-EMDR, and this too can go surprisingly deep.

We find that participants value this opportunity, both as therapist and client, noting that the experience can be unsettling in the past at how powerfully this unfolds.

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. That’s how we learn!

For biographies of our workshop facilitators, see here. And to remind…

Auckland, Fri-Sat/Sun July 24-25/26, 2020 | Glendowie or Remuera | Two-day workshop, with optional practice day.

To book, or for more information, click here.


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 Dr Helen Rathore and EMDR Focus.