Relational EMDR Therapy℠: From Treatment to Transformation

The challenges are real and the stakes are high when treating complex developmental trauma. It’s not enough to know what to do. For truly transformative healing, we need to know how to be. To be present—not just as an observer—but as a witness. Not just as a support, but as a co-regulator of the client's experience. Not just to lance the wound, but to add the balm that helps it heal. It's about having the courage to show up fully and to journey with clients through the darkness of their pain while holding hope for the future and a light.

Strengthening your capacity for this important work is what this three-day Masterclass Training is for. In addition to lecture and discussion, we’ll explore Relational EMDR’s reach with compelling videos of real clinical sessions. And because the “Self” of the therapist is essential to transformational healing, we’ve set aside time for you to work on your own material. You’ll do this work in safe space with a therapist-facilitator and peers who share your values, experience and the courage to explore and grow themselves. See all the benefits of this training below the sign-up.

Relational EMDR Therapy
Atlanta, GA
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May 19, 2023
May 20, 2023
May 21, 2023
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Hilton Atlanta Airport

1031 Virginia Avenue

Hapeville, GA 30354


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Trainer / Trainers
Deany Laliotis, LICSW Lead Trainer
Walda Ciafone, LCSW-C Facilitator
Mary French, LCSW-C Facilitator
Training Coordinator
Loralee Bowen
Continuing Education Credits
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Relational EMDR Therapy℠ uses the relationship between therapist and client as a central element to help clients who struggle with low self-esteem, relationships, and self-regulation by actively accompanying them on their journey towards healing. This parallel process is a memory-in-the-making for therapists and clients alike, making it a shared experience beyond the resolution of the traumatic memories the client is reprocessing.  The Self of the therapist plays an integral role in the client's healing journey as is considered an active ingredient in creating the conditions that make it possible for our clients to "go there."  So the question we pose as relational EMDR therapists isn't "is the client ready," but, "are we ready to embark on this journey together?"

IMAGINE GETTING TOGETHER AGAIN! Nothing enhances learning at the Master therapist level like being together—practicing, in person—new skills face-to-face, discussing clinical videos in small groups, then relaxing and networking with your peers when training is done for the day.  

After taking part in this training, you will be able to:

  • Develop therapist attunement skills using nonverbal tracking of the felt sense experience, using the resonance between the therapist and client
  • Develop specific strategies in and out of reprocessing to bring attention to the client’s experience in the moment
  • Identify potential moments of meeting between therapist and client, making it more of a shared experience
  • Identify one or more attachment-related patterns of response associated with each attachment style
  • Identify at least one attachment-related pattern of response on the part of the therapist that can be problematic
  • Understand therapeutic impasse through the AIP Model, and how to use the relationship between the therapist and client to facilitate movement in the work
  • Recognize the difference between core affective responses versus defensive affective responses both in ourselves as well as in our clients
  • Effectively apply clinical interweave strategies (CIC) to facilitate reprocessing effects, making it relational, address fears and blocking beliefs, and generate adaptive actions for future use
  • Identify memories for reprocessing that inform the relational patterns that are problematic for the client in the context of their current relationships
  • Identify and strengthen one or more positive experiences in between sessions and link it with a corresponding belief about the self that represents the client’s self-experience, sharing in the client’s personal triumph

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Here's what Tom has to say about Deany's relational work:

Deany's experience and knowledge base of EMDR therapy, combined with her ability to teach complex theory in a manner which is easily accessible makes her, in my mind, the best EMDR therapy trainer that I have had. She integrates the relational component of attachment theory into an EMDR framework and in doing so, has helped me bring my best self to this work. Deany has successfully moved EMDR away from being simply a technique to being an integrative psychotherapy in its own right. To quote Deany, “It is the therapeutic relationship which creates the conditions for change, EMDR therapy is the method we use.”

Tom Flewett , MD, FRANZCP

EMDR Institute, Inc. Trainer
New Zealand
Tom Flewett