"Kelly is extremely knowledgeable and supportive. I have grown so much as a therapist during my consultation time. Kelly has provided resources every time we meet and is always validating and nurturing."

-Jennifer V.

Do You Struggle With The Finer Details Of EMDR?

Have you completed basic skills training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) but want to brush up on the details of EMDR with consultation for EMDR certification? Do you need to complete consultation hours as part of your EMDR-HAP/Trauma Recovery training hours? Are you a recent graduate who is looking for a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of EMDR technique? 


Maybe you’ve developed a recent interest in using EMDR to help clients reach their goals. Or perhaps you’ve had extensive training in this technique, but you’ve noticed your clients getting stuck at certain points in sessions. If this is the case, you are likely looking for more effective ways to help them move past roadblocks to process their experiences. 


On the other hand, you may have researched different consultation services but you’re in need of something that fits your schedule, budget, and needs as a clinician.


Mastering EMDR can be a challenge. Scripts from the training program you took may not always account for individualized treatment and can be disorganized and confusing to understand. Furthermore, once you start using these scripts with clients, a new set of challenges can arise as each person reprocesses their memories. And should you want to integrate another modality during treatment--such as Cognitive Behavioral-Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)--you may be wondering which steps to take to seamlessly integrate your methods. You might also be wondering how to weave in Christian concepts for clients who come from a faith perspective.


The right support can prepare you to succeed in using EMDR to heal your clients. Without support, you might struggle to take lessons from training and apply them to live sessions with clients. If you have had this challenge, you’ve probably considered how your EMDR skills would improve if you could only tie up “loose strings” to move more easily through the process.


EMDR Consultation can bridge the gap by giving you the tools to face challenges each step of the way on your journey toward certification. 

Experiencing Challenges With EMDR Training Is Normal 

Once we learn something, we might think we can immediately apply our knowledge. With EMDR, for example, we may have learned its ins and outs through classroom training, but we will likely experience it in a new way once we apply this training to clients’ sessions. As a result, mastering EMDR requires constant practice to develop a clearer understanding of the technique within the context of our counseling style and clients’ needs. Consultation can allow us to make adjustments in a safe setting so that our clients can have a more positive experience using EMDR. 

But working with EMDR can be a struggle. Our challenges are usually rooted in fears about whether or not our clients are really ready. What may look like a worsening client response, for example, might actually be a normal sign of reprocessing and it can be difficult as clinicians to accept that sometimes things worsen before they get better. 

We might also struggle due to limitations such as time or money that prevent us from receiving adequate EMDR supervision. Or if we have found consultation, maybe we are unhappy with the results and don’t know where to turn to remedy our bad experience.

Even as therapists, we have our limits. It can be frustrating pouring money and time into consultation when the return on our investment is unmatched. Or perhaps opinions from peers and coworkers dissuade us from continuing further with consultation, causing us to think it’s just not worth it. 

Your concerns are valid. And with the right EMDR Approved Consultant, EMDR Consultation can help you get the full return on your investment for training. It can allow your clients to successfully reprocess their traumas to lead fuller, healthier lives.  

EMDR Consultation Can Give You The Confidence To Successfully Heal Clients From Start To Finish

If you are burned out by the linear training methods for EMDR, then maybe you could benefit from a new way of looking at this technique. Perhaps a personalized approach to EMDR Consultation could be for you.

EMDR Consultation with Cedar & Oaks Counseling PLC offers an adaptable approach that allows you to fill-in-the-blanks of EMDR training with creative solutions to obstacles you or your clients may encounter on your way to certification. We offer an open-minded and compassionate environment where you can discuss your challenges and work through them to develop into the best EMDR clinician you can be.

The intake process depends on your individual goals. If you’re seeking EMDR Consultation as a requirement for training, then you can sign up for group consultation with us. If you want to work specifically on Certification hours, then we ask that you sign a more formal EMDR Consultation Agreement. For this option, I will also share a Case Formulation and EMDR Evaluation, as well as the evaluation criteria that certified EMDR clinicians are expected to meet.   

Consultations will cover a range of topics, and we encourage you to bring challenges great and small to sessions. In this time, we will:

  • Review new handouts and visuals to develop a more organic approach to EMDR training

  • Rebuild scripts as needed to improve flow

  • Practice transitions between phases for varying situations

  • Go over at least five types of resources to use in Phase 2 (that are not Safe Place or Container)

  • Develop more seamless transitions in Assessment questions in Phase 3

  • Identify the difference in questions between a complete and incomplete Target

  • Review various treatment plans to set up Past Targets and to address and relieve client issues

  • Identify when your client is stuck and figure out how to help them move through their emotional struggles   

Overall, EMDR Consultation can give you the tools to supplement your current skills and take this knowledge to the next level. Working with us can give you a solid foundation to help your clients rebuild their lives from an emotionally healthy place.

Your skills will undoubtedly improve with time, but with EMDR Consultation, you can improve more quickly and with less effort. For 11 years, we’ve helped many clinicians build their skills and confidence level for EMDR technique and would like to do the same with you. By working with us, you can learn to address issues as they arise, tune into your clients’ needs, better understand responses to know when to continue with a client or pull back, and ultimately help clients make breakthroughs to build the quality of life they deserve. 

But you may still have questions about EMDR Consultation...

This keeps costing more and more money I don’t have. 

Deciding where to draw the line is a smart decision, and you should be able to get out of every investment the time and money you put into it. One way to test the waters of EMDR Consultation is to try a few of our group workshops to see if it is right for you. Group sessions can teach you a lot by simply listening to others and how they address the issues that they face in their own practices. Group sessions offer educational tools that will give you skills to help your clients get unstuck in sessions and better ground their nervous systems. 

I don’t have time. My supervisor requires me to produce so many hours that I can’t fit in anything else in my schedule.

Many clinicians are busy, so we do our best to accommodate this norm by offering Saturday group sessions. We also try to be mindful of the cost as well, so if you work 32+ hours per week for a non-profit community mental health agency and are interested in learning more, please contact us so we can share our affordable pricing options. If you take the time to network and build your skills through EMDR Consultation, you can become a member of EMDRIA and post your information on their website to gain referrals. 

I got the basics. I only need to be skilled enough to address Single Incident Traumas. I’ll be fine. 

EMDR training does prepare you to help many people--this is great. But what if you could expand your knowledge base to include skills that address a range of issues--hurts, habits, and hang-ups from childhood, young adult life, and beyond? These issues can include single trauma incidents along with bullying, humiliations in life, panic, anger, self-worth struggles, attachment trauma, addiction, and more. EMDR supervision can give you the foundation to really make lasting change in your clients’ lives no matter their challenges.

Are You Ready To Take The Next Step Toward A Safer, Happier, And More Fulfilling Life?

You deserve to get the most out of your training to help clients reach the depths of their experiences to be freed from them. If you’re interested in seeing how EMDR Consultation can help make you a better clinician by allowing more people to release their pain to live fully and freely, we invite you to contact us today.

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Group Consultation Session

Here is what we have coming up soon: 

Upcoming Sessions:

  • EMDR Consultation Group for Certification
    Aug 27, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
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    **For Certification hours! Join us to earn your hours for Certification in EMDR. Case Conceptualization & information in Advanced Techniques.
  • EMDR Consultation Group for Training Requirements
    Aug 27, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM PDT
    Zoom Link
    For Training hours ONLY! Join us for a great time practicing EMDR and getting unstuck from your work with clients!!
  • EMDR Empowerment Team (No Fee)
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Sep 08
    Zoom Link
    Sep 08, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Zoom Link
    Sharon & Kelly have a passion for helping those new to EMDR get up and running as they decide whether or not to pursue Certification. This group will not count toward Certification...but it will help you become proficient in EMDR basics!!
  • EMDR Empowerment Team (No Fee)
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Aug 11
    Zoom Link
    Aug 11, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Zoom Link
    Sharon & Kelly have a passion for helping those new to EMDR get up and running as they decide whether or not to pursue Certification. This group will not count toward Certification...but it will help you become proficient in EMDR basics!!
  • Training - EMDR Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP)
    Oct 02, 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Feeling State Addiction Protocol was first researched for Impulse Control Disorders like gambling, kleptomania, and sex addiction. It's been applied to a much broader range of behaviors since then. Come get the script & learn how to apply this correctly and get to the underlying issues.

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