Through the Eye of the Trauma Storm : EMDR in the Treatment of Trauma

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an active, multi-dimensional, empirically validated psychological treatment for resolving the emotional sequelae of traumatic events and for treating anxiety-based disorders caused by trauma, both major as well as minor traumatic events. EMDR is primarily a body oriented therapeutic modality in that it assists those who have experienced a trauma and have lost the ability to physiologically modulate stress responses. 

During EMDR treatment the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus and this assists the client to process often very disturbing somatically stored implicit memory and sensations. These are people who have difficultythinking and speaking and the treatment offers a method of processing disturbing material to a more autonomically regulated and adaptive state. The presentation will outline the eight phases of EMDR psychotherapy and examine how affect regulation is addressed in each phase of the EMDR protocol. This will be well illustrated with case material.

"Highly informative, interesting, and demystified the subject of EMDR." - 2012 delegate.

Provisional timetable
09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


This workshop will be of interest to Clinical and Counselling Psychologists. Those in their third year of training would also be welcome.  

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Participants will learn how EMDR developed and mechanisms underpinning the treatment;
  • Will have an overview of the Adaptive Information Processing Model underpinning EMDR;
  • Will have an overview of how traumatic memory is encoded;
  • Will learn the eight phases comprising EMDR treatment;
  • Will review the research providing the evidence base for efficacy of EMDR.

Facilitator: Alexandra Richman CPsychol AFBPsS

Alexandra (Sandi) Richman is an accredited trainer and accredited consultant in EMDR. Her trainings are fully approved by EMDR International Association and EMDR-Europe Association. She was trained by Dr Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR, and has used EMDR in her own practice for over 18 years. Sandi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist supervising clinical practice in a number of trauma services in the UK. She headed up an EMDR service within the Traumatic Stress Service at the Maudsley Hospital in South London for 12 years. Sandi has delivered a number of keynotes at Trauma Conferences over the years presenting on working with the survivors of torture and complex trauma. 

Booking information


Non-Society Member: £142 (£118.33 + VAT)
Society Member: £111 (£92.50 + VAT)
DCoP / DCP Member: £80 (£66.67 + VAT

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

Wed, 10/04/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 


BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Counselling Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology & BPS Learning Centre