consultation & training
I offer consultation, both in my Encinitas office and via
VSee, an encrypted HIPPA-Compliant internet platform, for the following:
- EMDRIA Consultant-in-Training
- Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR therapy
- Practice Building and Management
EMDR Therapy is the most powerful approach to resolving the trauma of painful experiences that I have encountered as a therapist. My own work with clients has become exponentially more effective because of the hours I have spent in consultation with experts in the field.
I approach the role of being an EMDRIA Approved Consultant with an intense sense of responsibility and passion. I want to provide a safe place for consultees to share where they are confused or stumbling in applying the complexities of the EMDR treatment model. I also want to challenge them to go far beyond memorizing steps and instead understand each component of the EMDR protocol in depth, so that they can adeptly address the unique needs of each client.
I have found that learning how to provide EMDR Therapy is far more like baking than cooking. If you try to bake a cake by throwing in a little bit of this and a little more of that, as you would with a spaghetti sauce, you will end up with a very sad sort of cake. Successful baking requires knowing ratios of ingredients and adhering carefully to formulas.
EMDR Therapy is similar in that a therapist needs to understand how to follow the Standard EMDR Protocol in its entirety. Research has shown that therapists who drift, in that they apply parts but not all of the protocol when treating PTSD, do not provide the efficacy in trauma resolution seen with those who are careful and complete in their application of all 8 phases of EMDR Therapy.
Once a therapist has become adept in the application of the Standard EMDR Protocol, they can then broaden their skills to effectively address the needs of more intricate cases, such as those involving very early childhood neglect and abuse, dissociation, or addictive and compulsive behaviors. There is no cookbook for treating complex trauma, thus it is essential at this stage that the therapist is not limited to "following a recipe."
Instead, the therapist must have the skills to assess thoroughly when it is necessary to deviate from the Standard EMDR Protocol, be able to navigate treatment so modifications are made with appropriate timing, and be fully able to articulate why each adaptation is necessary. Therefore, the therapist is able to become like a master baker, who doesn't need to rely on a cookbook but understands the formula of ingredients and order of steps necessary to create a myriad of elaborate confections.
From a Consultee about our work together:
We are so lucky to have Susie providing phenomenal service to clients in
the North County San Diego area! I wholeheartedly refer her, including
to family and friends. For therapists, I also highly recommend Susie as a
EMDR consultant and a mentor in the field! During my time as her
consultee, my eduction in the assessment of complex trauma and the
various approaches to treating clients within the EMDR framework has
expanded exponentially. With her mentorship, I have been able to pass on
the gifts of learning to my clients and hone my business practices. I
am immensely grateful for Susie, and cannot recommend her enough to both
potential clients and therapists ready to learn a ton with a kind and
- Anne Robershaw, LMFT, Certified EMDR Therapist (Review posted on Facebook)
the readiness course for EMDR clinicians
a model & practicum for how to begin with non-dissociative complex trauma cases
I strongly recommend that consultees enroll in The Readiness Course for EMDR Clinicians in conjunction to their consultation with me. I have found that it can significantly accelerate professional growth during the consultation process. I have received feedback confirming its benefit from EMDR therapists with a wide range of experience levels - ranging from the newly trained to Consultant level. The course was purposely designed to address the areas I found my consultees to be consistently struggling with in learning safe and effective application of EMDR therapy. So few clients present with simple, single-incident PTSD, thus making it essential to understand the modifications necessary in working with clients who have histories of complex, developmental trauma.
The course is intended for EMDR therapists to be able to use as a model or practicum for learning a strategically-sequenced series of preparation and history-gathering steps to help insure a client with non-dissociative Complex PTSD is ready to respond well when beginning trauma memory reprocessing.
Click here to learn more about the Course
Experiences of EMDR therapists taking the Course:
Susie Morgan presents with such a beautiful balance of strong,
gentle, knowledgable, and nurturing qualities. She has pulled together
the best of the best (and then some) and presented it in such a cohesive
and meaningful way.
I absolutely love the Course and am confident it will make me a
better and more thoughtful therapist. The Course is a must for any
therapist wanting to use EMDR in their practice. The videos are
I wish I could have taken this course in conjunction with basic
training or during basic training consultation. Susie covers the
readiness/resourcing component of EMDR - particularly how to protect
against possible harm to a client with Complex PTSD - in a way basic
training did not.
This Course would be beneficial for therapists at any level even
those who do not use EMDR. This data so rich, there is something for all
- Kim Forgette, LMFT, EMDR Therapist
Susie has synthesized her years of experience as an EMDR therapist
and consultant to provide a highly effective way of preparing clients
for EMDR therapy that is organic and straightforward in its
presentation, yet incredibly rich in its content. Susie’s warm demeanor
and approachable manner is coupled with clear, concise, in-depth
instructions and explanations throughout. Drawing on the work of key
figures in the field of EMDR Therapy such as Jim Knipe, Dolores
Mosquera, April Steele, Laurel Parnell, and Kathy Martin, in addition to
her years of experience, Susie guides the participant in important work
such as developing resources; working with defenses; identifying
important negative and positive memories and the images, cognitions,
emotions, and physical sensations associated with them; and using slow
bilateral stimulation. Susie has made sure that the course is as
universally applicable as possible, while providing safety precautions
when appropriate, and emphasizing self-evaluation and self-care.
This course is
indispensable for EMDR therapists at all stages of training. For those
new to EMDR therapy, it provides them with an understanding of some of
its building blocks. For those who have completed the basic EMDR therapy
training, it gives them a framework via which to work with clients with
complex trauma, who are the majority of clients seeking treatment. For
seasoned EMDR clinicians, it allows them to “fill in the gaps,” guiding
them through a more fluid, organic approach to preparing clients for
I wish this course had been available when I was going through my
basic EMDR training, as it builds awareness and provides information
about working with complex trauma that I really needed to know. I’ve
incorporated so many of Susie’s approaches and turns of phrase from this
training (just this morning I used her words to explain to a client
that dissociation means that “the brain has done something sophisticated
with trauma”). I am very excited to have this resource!
- Ghada Osman, PhD, EMDRIA Certified Therapist
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