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Why Pursue Training In EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy helps people deal with problems caused by traumatic events or difficult situations. It is a well-studied therapy that is effective in treating a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, and addiction. This therapy is based on the idea that unresolved memories can cause problems and that by processing these memories, people can improve. EMDR basic training is a way for mental health professionals to learn how to use this therapy with their clients. This training is done in a specific format, which includes lectures, videos, and supervised practice. The goal of the training is to help participants learn how to use the therapy effectively and to gain hands-on experience with it.

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Start or grow private practice

EMDR is incredibly effective, and widely sought after therapy. This means you can quickly start attracting clients and gaining referrals to serve those looking specifically for EMDR therapy.

Treat more issues more easily

The most widespread use of EMDR is for treating PTSD. Mental healthcare providers also use EMDR in the treatment of the following conditions: Anxiety disorders: Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias and social anxiety/phobia.

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Meet our Instructors

Dr. Sarah Cairns, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist, EMDRIA approved Trainer, Consultant, and Certified Therapist. EMDR therapy is my passion! After the first practicum of EMDR therapy training, I was hooked. Following that weekend, the entire focus of my graduate and professional career has been on the utilization, study, and furthering of EMDR therapy in its many contexts. I believe in EMDR therapy and its ability to create change and bring healing to those experiencing even the greatest of suffering.

I specialize in trauma (first and foremost), PTSD/CPTSD, first responders, ADHD, food/weight/body concerns, and complex/multifaceted presentations. EMDR therapy is amazing in its versatility to be applied with presenting concerns, diagnoses, situations, and desired outcomes. I have been fortunate enough to use EMDR therapy to assist in a variety of nuanced ways and enjoy the creativity involved in finding answers in complex situations.

Currently, I am the owner and clinical director of Cairns Therapy and Nutrition, PLLC; a group practice developed to provide EMDR therapy services for those seeking to heal from trauma and to provide EMDR therapy consultation to professionals. It is my personal philosophy that in order to be an effective therapist and an effective educator, I must show up as my authentic-self, always. For me, that means being passionate and invested in all that I do, finding humor and hope at all times, and fostering connection and relationship with all whom I engage.

Wendy Byrd, LPC, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, and EMDRIA approved Trainer, Consultant, and Certified Therapist. I am deeply committed to making a positive impact in the realm of psychotherapy. As an EMDRIA-Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant and Trainer, I have gained a deep love and respect for the intricacies of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and I am passionate about advocating for its integration into therapeutic practice both as an individual and in combination with couples work and psychedelic-assisted therapies. I've had the privilege of sharing insight on platforms such as "Good Morning America", USA Today and various podcasts, fostering greater awareness of the effectiveness of EMDR therapy.

Beyond my clinical practice and speaking engagements, my commitment to advancing mental health care extends through volunteer work on local and national associations. Holding prestigious roles, such as the President of the local Austin Association for Marriage and Family Therapists board of directors and the President of the EMDR International Association board of directors, I've championed the interests of mental health professionals and worked to propel the field forward.

As one of the Co-founders of Connected Heart Therapy in Austin, Texas, I've played a pivotal role in delivering transformative care to individuals, couples, and families. Always embracing innovation, I've adopted the cutting-edge approach of integrating EMDR therapy with Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy. This groundbreaking combination allows me to push the boundaries of healing, offering clients a multidimensional and comprehensive approach to addressing their mental health concerns. As a fervent advocate for mental health professionals and the field at large, my dedication remains unwavering. Through transformative work and innovative contributions, I aim to uplift and inspire both colleagues and clients, contributing to the future of mental health care.

Upcoming Course Schedule

Registration includes:

  • Access to learning platform with digital Training Manual and Handouts for one year
  • Support from highly experienced trainers for practice sessions
  • Ten hours of small group consultation throughout the training (required to receive the EMDR Basic Training Certificate of Completion)
  • Opportunity to bring current cases to consultation for review and support
  • 40 CE Hours

Fall 2024 Course

Part I:

Sept 20th - 22nd
9:00AM—12:30PM CT (Didactic)
1:30PM—5:30PM CT (Practicum)

Part II:

October 25th - 27th
9:00AM—12:30PM CT (Didactic)
1:30PM—5:30PM CT (Practicum)

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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy used to treat trauma-related disorders. Becoming EMDR certified requires meeting specific educational and training requirements and passing a certification exam. Here are the steps to become EMDR certified.

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The cost of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy can vary depending on several factors such as the therapist's location, qualifications, experience, and practice setting.

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The number of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) sessions needed can vary depending on the individual and the nature of their trauma or issue. In some cases, a single EMDR session may be sufficient to alleviate the distress associated with a specific event.

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The cost of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) training can vary depending on the provider, and level of training. Generally, EMDR training involves multiple levels, starting with a basic training course and progressing to more advanced levels.

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The exact mechanism by which EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) works is not fully understood, but there are several theories that attempt to explain its effectiveness.

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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy should only be conducted by licensed mental health professionals who have received specialized training in EMDR therapy. In the United States, licensed mental health professionals who can provide EMDR therapy include licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), licensed professional counselors (LPCs), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), and licensed psychologists.

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