Happy Halloween pumpkin
EMDR therapy processes from fear to healing with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Learn more with EMDR Professional Training courses.

Around this time of year, as the pumpkins, hay bales, fake skeletons, and candy corn are displayed on yards and in doorways, I find it fascinating that people willingly allow themselves to be frightened by graphic images, movies, or experiences and have fun doing it without fear or trepidation.  However, in the case of  the traumas our clients have experienced, they need movement from fear to healing.

Underlying Traumas are NOT Irrational Fears

Of course, unplanned, unannounced, physical and emotional, and recurring traumas are why we’ve all landed in this work.  While it would be nice if everyone could decide when to be frightened, scared, or traumatized, we might be out of work (and thankfully so).   But the fact is, trauma occurs without warning, and for many, the fears stemming from trauma become what some might call irrational.

EMDR Therapy opens Pathways from Fear to Healing

EMDR therapy replaces fear with healing.
Both adults and children can benefit from EMDR therapy.

Within the constructs of EMDR therapy, however, irrational fears are not irrational at all.  They find their origin in earlier experiences—memories—which have not been processed properly by the brain.  A client may feel that those fears are irrational or may have been told so by others.

But as we identify the underlying trauma and complete reprocessing, the fear locates its clear beginning and begins to find a clear end.  These are the pathways we use to move individuals from trauma to healing.

What’s so Scary? Add EMDR Therapy

Start your training in EMDR therapy.
Start with EMDR Therapy Basic Training to learn the fundamentals of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

If you haven’t decided yet whether EMDR therapy is right for your practice, just remember therapy itself is meant to be a movement forward.  Irrational fear does not have to stay that way.  Nor does it need to remain the issue that holds a person back from living a full and healthy life.

EMDR therapy quickly addresses underlying causes and facilitates healing faster than traditional therapies. Join us at EMDR Professional Training ™ for a Basic Training soon, or take it up a notch with an advanced course.

Have a safe and happy one!

Find basic training live workshops here.

Find Advanced Courses — live and online here.

Join our growing membership here.

Start your EMDR Certification process here.

Susan Brown, LMFT
Susan Brown presents an Integrative Approach to Addictions in the EMDR therapy framework for EMDR Professional Training

When our friend and colleague Susan Brown started her practice more than thirty years ago in San Diego County, she didn’t realize just how far reaching and significant her work would be in helping clients end addictive behaviors.  A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Board Certified Diplomate, Susan’s attention to the critical issues surrounding addictions has been a key factor of her success.

“I’m known for my no-nonsense, to-the-heart-of-the matter approach,” states Susan of her methods.  “This simply means I tend to be direct and have a long-practiced ability to get to the heart of a problem quickly.”

Susan is a “cut to the chase” personality.  She separates critical issues from the irrelevant, but combines this with a huge dose of compassion for clients battling addiction and other maladaptive behaviors.

An Integrative Approach to Addictions

Advanced Training course in Addictions
“Part of me wants to quit and part of me doesn’t”: An Integrative Developmental Approach to Addiction

You’re invited to register for Susan Brown’s unforgettable workshop. “Part of me wants to quit, and part of me doesn’t”:  An integrative developmental approach to addiction within an EMDR framework.

Register Now

Join EMDR Professional Training as we host November 2 & 3, 2019, on the campus of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA.  Follow Susan as she explores the roles of attachment, Adverse Childhood Experiences  (ACEs), and Ego State “parts work” informed by the Internal Family Systems model (Schwartz), integrated with the eight-phase, three-prong EMDR protocol.

EMDR therapy can address these highly treatment-resistant behaviors and facilitate integrative healing, leading to positive outcomes for your clients.

I hope you’ll join us for a fantastic weekend of learning.


Register today for this intermediate to advanced course at:

 EMDR Professional Training.com

or call:  (949) 445-6548.

Members and workshop participants of EMDR Professional Training have recently asked us why we’ve chosen our tagline:  Engaging, Effective, Essential.  Today I’d like to offer an explanation.  First word:  Engaging.

So here goes.

Enjoy Engaging workshops with EMDR Professional Training
EMDR Professional Training offers Engaging continuing education for your practice of EMDR Therapy.

If you’ve been to any of our Basic Trainings or Advanced Workshops, you’ll agree there’s never a dull moment!

The Best Learning

To create the best learning situation for you, we’ve hand-selected knowledgeable instructors and facilitators who use a variety of teaching tools to ensure your training is a memorable experience.  As a result, you’ll easily recall techniques and use your skills well in your practice.  Just think about how your experience with us will affect your work and the lives of your clients in highly positive ways.  That’s what we’re thinking about, too.

Live and Online Courses

Our live EMDR seminars include lecture, discussion, case examples, videos, facilitated breakout groups, and professional consultation.  Our EMDR online courses also provide several of the same features with the added benefit of re-playing video segments and slides from the convenience of your own home or office.  Both environments provide engaging avenues of training, continuing education, and assistance to you in your practice of EMDR therapy.

Educational Excellence

Join the community of professionals at EMDR Professional Training.
Join the community of professionals at EMDR Professional Training.

We’re committed to providing excellent EMDR education in an engaging environment because we believe so strongly in the life-changing effects of EMDR therapy and want to pass on that inspiration to you.

That’s why we like that word–engaging–to describe what’s happening at EMDR Professional Training™.  We are educators committed to your optimal learning and development in EMDR therapy.  We’re excited to work alongside you as you change lives like never before.

Till next time!


Find basic training live workshops here.

Find Advanced Courses — live and online here.

Join our growing membership here.

Start your EMDR Certification process here.

Study group with Curt Rouanzoin, Ph.D.
Take advantage of monthly collaboration at Dr. Rouanzoin’s study group, free to members of EMDR Professional Training™

Twenty-seven years ago, I started a free study group in my office for a few grad students and clinicians, all of whom had a bright future in the field of psychotherapy.  Each month the group worked through problems together and encouraged one another forward in their respective practice of EMDR therapy.

As time moved on, some people left and others joined depending on their needs and availability.  Fast forward to 2019, and the study group is still going strong.  Are we the longest running study group in the history of study groups?

Quite possibly.

Now this benefit–really, a legacy of sharing knowledge and experience among colleagues–is available to you.

My monthly study group is offered to you as a free benefit of both your yearly Membership with EMDR Professional Training as well as our EMDR Certification package.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from others and a place where you can bring current work and cases for collaboration.

Dr. Curtis Rouanzoin offers his free study group to members of EMDR Professional Training.
Join the membership of EMDR Professional Training™ and receive the benefit of Dr. Rouanzoin’s free monthly study group.

We meet at my office located in Irvine, CA, the second Tuesday of every month.  Once you’ve started your Certification process with us, or you’ve joined our Membership, we’ll make sure you have all the details.

I look forward to seeing you there!


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