The EMDR Institute Faculty

Your Elite Guides To EMDR Excellence

Our faculty are experts in their fields and handpicked to teach at the EMDR Institute for their exceptional ability to deliver Dr. Shapiro's original, proven protocols with fidelity and engagement. Trainees consistently praise our programs, noting the seamless integration of EMDR into their professional practice, significantly enhancing and broadening the impact of their therapeutic work.

Through our training programs, our experts will illuminate your path, facilitating the seamless integration of EMDR into your professional toolkit. Their guidance is key to enhancing your therapeutic approach and broadening the impact of your work, paving the way for profound professional growth and success in EMDR therapy.

EMDR Institute Distinguished Faculty

Alicia Avila (2024) Square

Alicia Avila, LCSW — USA
Clinician in private practice treating adults with a wide array of problems from psychiatric disorders and trauma to general life stressors. Her specialties include acculturation issues including LGBT.

Ms. Avila is a former clinical instructor for the University of California, San Diego, department of psychiatry. She co-authored the article “A Dual Diagnosis Demonstration Project: Treatment Outcomes and Cost Analysis” published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. She is a teacher and trainer presenting at local and international conferences on mental illness, addiction, and cultural competence with over 20 years of experience. Ms. Avila is bilingual and bicultural, originally from Mexico City.

Judy Cabeceiras

Judy Cabeceiras, LMFT — USA
Clinician in private practice in Connecticut. She sees adults, adolescents, and families with a wide range of issues. She also specializes in nurturing and developing new EMDR therapists. She served as the Director of the Faculty Academy at TR/EMDR HAP where she developed and implemented a facilitator training program.

She has trained extensively across the United States and has also trained in Ukraine. She currently serves as a board member of the Ukraine Association of Psychological Counseling and Traumatherapy.

Wendy Freitag 2024

Wendy Freitag, PhD — USA
Clinical Psychologist and coach, with over 25 years of experience working with adults on personal and professional issues. She has a general psychotherapy practice in Milwaukee, WI, with extensive clinical experience in treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, mood and anxiety disorders, grief and anger issues, as well as facilitating personal and professional transitions and performance enhancement. She is an EMDR Institute Trainer and Logistician, and on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – School of Continuing Education, where she teaches an EMDR Basic Training course. Dr. Freitag currently serves as President of the EMDR Research Foundation since 2006. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, the co-founder and coordinator of the EMDRIA Wisconsin Regional Network, and a member of EMDRIA’s Professional Development subcommittee. Previously she was elected to serve in many roles that shaped the professionalism of EMDR therapy. She served EMDRIA as a President, Secretary, and Director from 1998-2006. During her tenure she served on every administrative committee and chaired the Educational Program and Professional Development Committee, which developed the initial basic training requirements used today.

Katy Murray

Katy Murray, LICSW — USA
Has a clinical and consultation practice in Olympia, Washington. Treating adults with a broad range of issues, she specializes in trauma-related disorders, chemical dependency, grief, and psycho-oncology. She is an EMDR Institute Trainer, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and the Institute’s Listserv Moderator. She served on EMDRIA’s Standards and Training committee from 2007-2012; and currently serves on the board of the EMDR Research Foundation and the Editorial Board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. In 2017 her family initiated the EMDR Research Foundation Suicide Prevention & Survivor Support Fund in honor of her sister, Marcia Murray, who died by suicide. She received the Liz Snyker Award for Outstanding Service from Trauma Recovery/EMDR-HAP in 2018. She has presented at annual EMDRIA Conferences and authored several articles on EMDR therapy published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.

Mark Nickerson

Mark Nickerson, LICSW — USA
Mark Nickerson, LICSW is a psychotherapist in Massachusetts, US for 40 years, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and an EMDR Institute Trainer. He served on the EMDRIA Board for eight years and is a former Board President. He conducts a range of advanced EMDR trainings nationally and internationally on topics including treatment for problem behaviors, problematic anger and aggression, cultural competence, and the effective use of EMDR protocols. He has developed award-winning innovative programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict and is the originator of the Cycle Model as an EMDR approach to assessing and treating problem behaviors. He is editor/author of Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Insights, Strategies, and Protocols (Springer, 2023 2nd ed.) and The Wounds Within (Skyhorse, 2015), an expose on the challenges for war veterans and their families.

Gerald Puk

Gerald Puk, PhD — USA
Specializes in treating dissociative disorders, adult survivors of abuse, and victims of acute trauma and personal injury. He is a forensic consultant and expert witness in personal injury and motor vehicle trauma; he serves as a consultant to the New York State Education Department.


Carolyn Settle, LCSW — USA
Carolyn Settle, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, EMDR Institute facilitator and consultant, international speaker, author and researcher. She has been counseling children, adolescents, and adults for 40 years, and during that time she has worked in hospital settings, community behavioral health, and in private practice. She is trained in Gestalt therapy, psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Carolyn has co-authored the book and treatment manual, EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy with Children; Infants to Adolescents 2nd edition, which includes detailed information on treating children, infants through pre-school and pre-teens and teens, and has also co-authored several chapters and journal articles about treating children and adolescents with EMDR therapy.


Roger Solomon, PhD — USA

Roger Solomon, PhD, is a psychologist specializing in the areas of trauma and grief. He is a senior trainer for the EMDR Institute, providing basic and advanced EMDR trainings and workshops internationally. He currently does consultation with the US Senate, and several law enforcement agencies. He has provided clinical services and trainings to the FBI, Secret Service, NAA, US State Department, Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the US Department of Justice. Dr Solomon has expertise in treating complex trauma, and collaborates with Onno van der Hart, PhD, and other professionals on the utilization of EMDR as informed by The Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality (TDSP). He is the author of 46 articles and book chapters focusing on grief, complex trauma and dissociation, and first responder stress.

Rosalie Thomas

Rosalie Thomas, RN, PhD — USA
Clinical psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in the treatment of trauma-related disorders and clients with medical concerns. She is a Trainer for the EMDR Institute, Senior Training and Faculty Consultant for Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, and Trainer of Trainers for EMDR Asia. She has been a Board Member of the EMDR Foundation since 2006, co-facilitates the EMDR Global Alliance, and served as President of the EMDR International Association. She is the principal author of the EMDR Early Interventions Researcher’s Toolkit. Dr. Thomas was recipient of the Francine Shapiro Award in 2007, the Outstanding Service to EMDRIA Award in 2006, and was co-recipient of the Trauma Recovery/ Humanitarian Assistance Program’s Liz Snyker Award for Humanitarian Service in 2016. Dr. Thomas has participated in EMDR therapy trainings throughout the United States and Asia.

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Debra Wesselmann, LIMHP — USA

Co-founder of The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska and has specialized in treating attachment trauma for 33 years. Ms. Wesselmann is an EMDR trainer with the EMDR Institute and is on the editorial board for The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.  She conducts research and has authored and co-authored articles and chapters, including two chapters co-authored with EMDR founder Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.  She has authored and co-authored books related to attachment and trauma including a treatment manual for EMDR and family therapy treatment of attachment trauma in children and accompanying parent guide. She most recently authored a manual for EMDR and parts work treatment for attachment trauma in adults. As a recognized expert in attachment issues, Ms. Wesselmann presents nationally and internationally.

Maria Elena Adúriz

Maria Elena Adúriz, Psychologist — Argentina
Clinical Psychologist from Buenos Aires-Argentina. She specializes in treating children, adolescents and families, and works with assessment and treatment of Anxiety Disorders, ADD, Attachment Disorders, PTSD and Catastrophe Intervention using EMDR. She is dedicated to working, teaching and writing about intervention in childhood trauma. Since it’s creation, she has been President of EMDR-Humanitarian Assistance Program in Argentina, directing field work, research and teaching in catastrophe and mass trauma She is an approved trainer of trainers by the EMDR Institute, and part of the EMDR – Ibero American team.

Susana Balsamo

Susana Balsamo, Psychologist — Argentina and Paraguay
Maintains a private practice with children and adults in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specializes in treating PTSD, acute trauma, medical trauma and surgical psychoprophylaxis. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist, Facilitator, Approved Consultant, Trainer in EMDR and an EMDR Institute approved Trainer of Trainers. In addition, she is President of the EMDR Iberoamèrica Argentina.

Adrián Cillo

Adrián Cillo, Psychiatrist and Psychotraumatologist in Buenos Aires — Argentina
He is EMDR Argentina President, the Academic Secretary of the Graduate School of the Argentine Medical Association and Academic member of Psycotrauma Chapter at The Psychiatry Association.

He completed a Master in Psychotherapy with EMDR at UNED, Spanish Society of EMDR, and Specialist in Third Generation Therapies at the University of Almeria,Spain, and a Diploma in Neurodevelopment and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Favaloro University, Argentina).

He is a Neurotherapist: Neurofeedback - Biofeedback at the Spanish Society of Neuro and Biofeedback - B.C.I.A. and is certified by the Biofeedback Certified International Association and he is a staff Instructor at Boston Neurodynamics (USA). He is Director of NeuroCare AR and FABINE in Buenos Aires, and a Member of the World Psychiatric Association, and Full Member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UCES (Argentina) and at the Postgraduate Department of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. He has published papers and articles on trauma and EMDR.

Damian Cuttitta, Psychologist — Argentina
Damian Cuttitta, Psychologist is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in treating children, adolescents and families. He coordinates the area of evaluation of developmental disorders at the Hospital Interzonal General de Agudos Eva Perón de San Martín and is a member of the CIPSE team. For many years he has been a psychological consultant in cases of sexual abuse and child maltreatment within the Hospital´s Pediatric Service. Trained in CBT, Contextual Therapies and other evidence-based approaches.

Silvia Gauvry

Silvia Gauvry, Psychologist — Argentina
Clinical psychologist, individual and family therapist trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She has worked as a consultant psychologist at the Psychopathology Service of the Hospital Cosme Argerich de Buenos Aires and currently works at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specializes in Psychotraumatology and the treatment of psychosomatic illness, chronic pain and anxiety disorders. She is the Director of the Postgraduate Course of Psychotraumatology and the Director and Trainer of the Postgraduate Course of Basic Training in EMDR psychotherapy at the University Institute of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires.

Ruben Lescano

Ruben Lescano, MD — Argentina
Psychiatrist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He specializes in assessment and treating complex and acute trauma and is a consultant on dissociation. He is Co-Founder and past President of EMDRIA Latinoamerica and is conducting EMDR research in complex trauma. He is a general coordinator of the first EMDR book written in Spanish, TRAUMA y EMDR, and author of a three volume book and several papers in trauma journals. He heads the Scientific EMDR and Neurobiology Area of Argentina Society of Psychotrauma (affiliated to ISTSS and ISSD), and is the Director of CIPSE.


Sergio Wasilczyk, Psychologist — Argentina
Sergio Wasilczyk, is a clinical psychologist in Buenos Aires-Argentina. He specializes in treating adults, couples, and families, and works with the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, attachment disorders and PTSD using EMDR. He is director of the EMDR MISIONES Psychotherapy Center (Posadas - Misiones - Argentina) and EMDR ROSARIO (Rosario - Santa Fe - Argentina). He created the Grupo Cortando Distancias through which he organizes trainings inside and outside the country. He has been a Founding Member of EMDR IBEROAMERICA ARGENTINA.

Sigmund Burzynski

Sigmund Burzynski, Psychologist — Australia
Is in private practice in Geelong, Australia. He completed the EMDR Basic Training in 1992 and became an Institute trainer in 1998. He has conducted trainings throughout Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other major cities, and, internationally, in Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta. As a forensic psychologist for the Australian Department of Corrections, he was involved in the development of an Alternatives to Violence program for which he received an Australian award. His clinical specialties include the treatment of anxiety disorders, pain management, sexual dysfunction, anger management, performance enhancement, and dissociative disorders. Over the years he has been extensively involved in the supervision of psychologists and other health professionals.

Nick Cocco, Psych-Australia, BSc(Psych)Hons; MA(Hons)(Clinical Psychology) — Australia
Has been a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists since 1994 and has over 29 years experience. Nick has specialties in the treatment of trauma related conditions ranging from single incident PTSD through to the more complex presentations of personality, dissociative and other disorders which are the sequelae of histories of repetitive child based trauma and neglect. Additionally, he has taught and trained professionals via workshops and supervision in these areas and presented his own research into the treatment efficacy of EMDR with childhood darkness phobia at an international EMDR conference (1995) and was the main author of the second ever child case study published in a peer reviewed journal, of successful EMDR treatment of PTSD (1993).

Dr Gillian Maddock, DClinPsy

Gillian Maddock, DClinPsy — Australia
Dr Gillian Maddock, DClinPsy, is in private practice in Newcastle, Australia. Gillian worked in hospital and community settings, before starting private practice in 2013. She has a broad background in clinical presentations, focusing on trauma and its consequences and also active serving military personnel, war veterans and first responders, psycho-oncology, severe mental illness, suicide and self-harm and grief and loss. She has been involved in education of health professionals in private, public and university sectors, and supervision has been a strong focus for groups and individuals. Gillian is an AHPRA and Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor, a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychology with the Australian Psychological Society and a Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle. Gillian is published in the areas of Suicide and Self Harm and in Mental Health Care in General Practice and Community Mental Health settings.

Janette McMahon

Janette McMahon, DClinPsych — Australia
Janette McMahon, DClinPsych, is a registered Clinical Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Association Clinical College. Dr McMahon initially trained in EMDR therapy in 2014 and later became an EMDR Consultant and Facilitator for the EMDR Institute trainings in Australia. She worked in both community and hospital settings before starting her own private practice in 2008, specializing in Anxiety Disorders, Attachment Loss and Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. She has also worked extensively with serving members and veterans of the Australian Defence Force.

Darra J Murphy MB

Darra J Murphy MB, BCh, BAO (Ire), FRACGP, MFamMed, FASPM — Australia
Family physician who worked as a country doctor for 25 years. Along the way he helped to establish an Indigenous Health Service, a teaching practice, a University Centre for Rural Health and a regional organization of family physicians. He finished his rural career as Director of Medical Services & Primary Care at a public Regional Health Service. Darra trained in EMDR therapy with Sigmund Burzynski and Anthony Smith in 1999/2000. Since becoming an EMDR Institute Facilitator in 2010, he has assisted Sigmund at 25 Institute trainings and Master Classes. As President of the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine (2014-2016), he has contributed to the development and delivery of Basic Skills Training in Focused Psychological Strategies for Australian family physicians. He is currently in private practice in Yarraville, an inner western suburb of Melbourne.

Eva Muenker-Kramer

Eva Muenker-Kramer, Clinical psychologist and Psychotherapist (BT) — Austria
Has been trained in EMDR since 1998 and completed her trainer´s training in 2007. She is in private practice in Krems/Danube, Austria, and in the EMDR Institute Austria in Vienna ( , which offers EMDR trainings since 2003. She is lecturer, author, and trainer in psychotraumatology, traumatherapy, EMDR and disaster and crisis psychology for public health and emergency services, private institutions, the Austrian Academy of Psychology, the Danube University, and Webster University Vienna. She has been active since 2006 in a HAP project in Lviv/Ukraine and founder and project leader in a Council of Europe funded project “Training for Trainers“ to build up a network of Eastern European disaster and crisis psychologists. She has been head of the Austrian EMDR Association ( since its founding in 2004 and the Austrian representative to EMDR Europe Association.

Ludwig Cornil

Ludwig Cornil, Psychologist — Belgium and France 
Clinical psychologist who works in Belgium in a hospital setting and also in private practice. He’s the president of the Belgian Institute of Psychotraumatology and EMDR. He serves on the board of EMDR-Europe and is vice-president of the Humanitarian Assistance Program in Europe, which brought him to teach EMDR in Slovakia and China. He’s also a founding board member of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. He organizes and teaches trainings on psycho-trauma and EMDR on the French and the Flemish side of Belgium and has been invited to lecture in other French-speaking countries. To visit the website of the Belgian organisation, go to

Analie T Coronado, Psychotherapist Boliva
Analie T. Coronado is a psychotherapist in Bolivia, serving children, adolescents and adults. She began her work caring for vulnerable populations and survivors of sexual abuse. She has training and extensive experience in the legal and forensic field, and is the co-author of the book, “A small eye, the impact of childhood trauma and its consequences in adult life.” In addition to being an approved trainer by the EMDR institute. She is the founder and president of the EMDR Bolivia Association, member of EMDR Latin America and representative of the EMDR Infant Juvenile Alliance representing Bolivia.

Bolivia is a country with high rates of violence and a population in vulnerable situations, which is why it develops constant efforts for the dissemination and continuous growth, professionalization and specialization of the EMDR community in its country and Latin America.

Silvia Guz

Silvia Guz, PhD, Psychologist and Psychotherapist — Brazil
Has been working as a clinician for 20 years in Brazil, specializing in the analytical approach, body psychotherapy and EMDR. She presently combines theoretical knowledge and practical work focused on psychological trauma and its consequences. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist, Facilitator, Approved Consultant and Trainer in EMDR. She also currently holds the position of President of the EMDR Brazil, working together to organize and unite the EMDR therapists in Brazil and abroad, promoting conferences, scientific meetings, as well as the role of Brazil in the international EMDR community.

Andre Mauricio Monteiro

Andre Mauricio Monteiro, PhD — Brazil and Portugal
Clinical psychologist who maintains a private practice in Brasilia, Brazil, where he specializes in treating PTSD, acute trauma and psychosomatic illnesses. As a Professor at the Catholic University of Brasilia, he teaches Crisis Intervention and supervises interns. Dr Monteiro is an active participant in the EMDR Ibero-American Team and one of the founders of EMDR-Brazil.

Jandira Ferreira Rosa

Jandira Ferreira Rosa, Psychologist — Brazil
Has been working in private practice in Brazil for more than 25 years combining Gestalt Therapy and EMDR Therapy. She specializes in treating adults with complex traumas. As an approved consultant and trainer in EMDR she has been teaching, training and supervising in different cities in Brazil.

Rita C Silva e Silva

Rita C Silva e Silva, PsyD — Brazil
Clinical psychologist in private practice since 1998. She is specializes in Neuroscience and Behavior, acute trauma and co-morbidities. She is a certified therapist, Facilitator and Approved Consultant in EMDR. She served on the Brazilian EMDR Association Board for two periods and on EMDR Iberoamerica board as head of the Certification Committee.

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Patricio Galleguillos Givovich, Clinical Psychologist — Chile
Patricio Galleguillos Givovich, is a Clinical psychologist from Santiago de Chile. He works with clients of all ages; however, specializes in treating adolescents and complex trauma. He is Co-founder of (PAH CL), a Humanitarian Assistance Program in Chile working with EMDR and of the Chilean Association of EMDR Therapists and Psychotrauma (ATEPT CL). In addition, he is the Clinical Director of the Attachment and Psychotrauma Therapeutic Center (CETAPS) in Chile and represents his country in the Global EMDR Child Alliance.

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Maria Eugenia Hurtado, MD — Chile
Maria Eugenia Hurtado, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, specializing in the treatment of trauma. She has worked for more than 30 years at the main public psychiatric hospital in Santiago, the Dr José Horwitz B Psychiatric Institute, where she founded the Trauma and Dissociation Unit, provided clinical care and training for residents, and introduced EMDR psychotherapy into the public health system.  She has been a member of EMDR-Chile since its inception in 2013, past president for 2016-17. She is also a member of the EMDR Humanitarian and Solidarity Care Programme and the National Human Rights Department of the Chilean Medical Association. She teaches at the postgraduate level at various universities in Chile, is an Associate Professor of Adult Psychiatry Residency at the University of Santiago de Chile and a Professor at the Latin American Institute of Mental Health and Human Rights -ILAS.

Chiquinquirá Blandón, Psychologist — Colombia
Clinical Psychologist Specialist from Medellín-Colombia. With over 28 years’ clinical experience, she specializes in treating adults, couples and duels. She is vice president of the EMDR Colombia Association.

Gabriela Segura Fonseca

Gabriela Segura Fonseca, Psychologist — Costa Rica
Has been in active practice since 1994. Her work with children, adolescents and adults in educational and community fields, specially in social risk situations, led her to look for more effective therapeutical alternatives and tools. That is how she had her first encounter with EMDR in 2001. She started organizing trainings in Costa Rica in 2004, and received her Full trainer certification in 2011 by the EMDR Institute and EMDR Iberoamerica (EMDR-IBA). She is also Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant. In 2013 she became the President and Coordinator of the 3rd EMDR Therapy Iberoamerican Conference and currently belongs to the EMDR-IBA Directive Board. She is also founder and current President of the EMDR Costa Rican Association; she defines herself as a fully committed and passionate EMDR practitioner, trainer and permanent student. Gabriela considers EMDR to be a life changing experience for anyone, starting with herself. That is why she develops constant efforts for its diffusion and continue growth, professionalization and specialization of the EMDR community in Costa Rica and Iberoamerica.


Lizzie Cavazos Borobia, PhD — Ecuador and Mexico
Dr. Lizzie Cavazos Borobia is a clinical psychotherapist with extensive expertise in trauma therapy. With over 42 years of clinical practice and a background in Gestalt Therapy, she has become a leading figure of the field in Mexico and Ecuador. Dr. Lizzie Cavazos is recognized as an EMDR Institute Approved Trainer and has spearheaded numerous research projects and initiatives, including founding the ICEBERG Group and the Iceberg Institute for Specialized and Postgrad Studies in Psychotraumatology in Mexico.

She is actively involved in research projects and has held key positions in professional associations such as AIBAPT, demonstrating her commitment with society to shape the next generation of  Psychologist and  Psychotherapist professionals interested in psychological trauma training. Based in Monterrey, NL, Mexico, Dr. Cavazos Borobia continues to shape the landscape of trauma therapy through her dedication of education and treatment.

Santiago Jacome

Santiago Jacome, PhD — Ecuador
Presently directs the work of Campus Grupal-Fundacion Salud Alternative para el Desarrollo in Quito, Ecuador. His background is in Group Psychotherapy and in Psychodrama, and he has served on the faculty of the Ecuadorian Psychodrama Association. He is a founding member of the Ecuadorian Society of Psychotherapy and on the faculty at Universidad Central del Ecuador. He is Vice President of EMDR Ecuador and coordinates the EMDR trainings in Ecuador.


Ivan Maldonado, Dr in Clinical Psychology — Ecuador
Graduated from the Central University of Ecuador UCE in the Faculty of Clinical Psychology as a Dr. in Clinical Psychology. He has carried out clinical practice since 1998. Founding member of the Carl Gustav Jung Foundation of Ecuador, he has studied Psychoanalysis at the Agustín Cueva Tamariz Foundation, Psychodrama at the Campus Grupal, Systemic Integrative Community Therapy at Muyumpa Polo de la Mitad del Mundo. Former President and Former Vice President of EMDR Iberoamérica. Founding member of EMDR Ecuador.Former president of EMDR Iberoamérica Ecuador. Former co-coordinator of the III Iberoamerican Congress on EMDR and Psychotrauma, He is a certified EMDR therapist, approved consultant, facilitator and full EMDR trainer in EMDR.

Glenda Z. Villamarín

Glenda Z. Villamarín, Clinical Psychologist — Ecuador
Graduated from Universidad Católica del Ecuador PUCE. Current director of “Serendipitá Ecuador – para una convivencia sin violencia. She works with children, adolescents and their families. She is a certified Psychodramatist by APSE (Asociación de Psicodrama y Sociometría del Ecuador), member of the Faculty and former President of APSE. She is a level one practitioner in Theraplay®. Master’s (C) in Cultural Studies at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar UASB-Ecuador. Former co-coordinator of the III Iberoamerican Congress on EMDR and Psychotrauma. She is a certified EMDR therapist, approved consultant, facilitator and full EMDR trainer of the Ibero American team. Founding member of EMDR Ecuador. Conducts EMDR trainings in Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Trainer in charge of Bolivia.

Jose Roland Mena, Psychologist — El Salvador
Jose Roland Mena, Psychologist, is in private practice, and is the founder of EMDR Association El Salvador and the Training and Psychological Assistance Center (CCASIC). He is the director of the diploma program, Public Ethics, for the Governmental Ethics Tribunal in his country. He has presented seminars and workshops at conferences internationally. He is the author of the following books: Rub Your Wonderful Neurolamp and Activate Your Genius, Parent-Child Relationships-A Different Approach, Students with Effective Reading Based on Multiple Intelligences.

Michael Hase

Michael Hase, MD, OFA d.R. — Germany
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist based in Lüneburg, Germany. After a long career in psychiatric and psychosomatic hospitals, Dr Hase is now in private practice and head of the Lüneburg Center for Stressmedicine. In addition to his expertize in psychotraumatology, he has researched and published on EMDR treatment of addiction, stress related disorders and depression. He lectures at national and international EMDR conferences. Together with Arne Hofmann he received the 2015 award by the EMDRIA Board of Directors for the research on EMDR in the treatment of depression. Michael is lecturing on EMDR in Europe and is offering trainings in Germany and Denmark. Website:

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Ligia Barascout de Piedra Santa, Psychologist — Guatemala
Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist from Guatemala, Central America, who maintains a private practice in Guatemala City. She specializes in treating PTSD with children, adolescents and adults. She uses EMDR to treat sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, kidnapping, physical pain, torture and war issues. Since 1997, she has presented EMDR trainings in 10 different countries in Latin America. At the present time, she is coordinating and giving EMDR trainings in Central America and Panama. She is a Certified Trainer of Trainers by the EMDR Institute and an active member of the EMDR-Iberoamerica Team.

Anamargarita Lacayo, Psychologist — Guatemala

Atara Sivan

Atara Sivan, PhD — Hong Kong, SAR-China
President of the EMDR Association of Hong Kong. She is Professor in the Department of Education Studies and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She has been trained as a Gestalt Therapy and has been practicing in Hong Kong and Israel providing individual, couples and group therapy. As a researcher, she has been invited as keynote speaker to international conferences and won several prestigious awards. To further expand EMDR research and practice in the region and beyond, she has established the Centre for Trauma Treatment and Well-being (CTTW) in Shenzhen, China.

Michael C Paterson

Michael C Paterson, OBE, PhD, DClinPsych, CSci, AFBPsS — UK
Chartered Clinical Psychologist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland; he specializes in the treatment of traumatic stress in emergency service personnel. In addition to running a private mental health clinic, Michael has published articles on stress and trauma in the emergency services. He has also presented at international conferences and lectures on traumatology to postgraduate clinical psychology students at the Queens University of Belfast. Dr Paterson was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II through being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in her 2008 Birthday Honours List. Website:

Daniel Kahn

Daniel Kahn, PsyD — Israel
Co-founder and Deputy Director of the EMDR Institute of Israel. He is a psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice in Jerusalem, and an associate professor at Bar Ilan University. He works with adolescents and adults and specializes in treatment of acute and long-term trauma, stress and coping, anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, ADHD, and parenting and relationship issues.

Keren Mintz-Malchi

Keren Mintz Malchi, PhD — Israel
Social worker, certified Marital and Family Therapist and Supervisor in Israel; SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner). Faculty member at the School of Social Work at Ariel University, and director of the Marital and Family Therapy Trauma-Focused Unit at the Lev-Hasharon Mental Health Medical Center, Israel. Specializes in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. She is an accredited EMDR Europe consultant and trainer, providing basic training and advanced EMDR workshops on dissociation and somatic based interventions. She is an active member of the EMDR Israel Association, advancing many local projects for the benefit of the EMDR community in Israel.

Gary Quinn

Gary Quinn, MD — Israel and Asia
Director of the Jerusalem Stress and Trauma Institute and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Ohio State University. He specializes in Crisis Intervention, the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, and the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following military trauma, terrorist attacks and motor vehicle accidents. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Chariman of EMDR-Israel.

Isabel Fernandez

Isabel Fernandez, PhD — Italy and Spain
Clinical psychologist working in Milan. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has been on the faculty of the Italian School of Cognitive Behavior for 8 years, providing specialtization training in psychotherapy. She has worked as a consultant psychologist at the psychiatric ward of Niguarda Hospital, conducting clinical research projects. She is a lecturer at the Catholic University of Milan and Rome and at the La Sapienza University of Rome. Currently, she is Director of the Psychotraumatology Research Center of Milan and has published many papers, articles and books on trauma, EMDR and other topics. She is chairman of the Italian Association of EMDR and a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Federation of Scientific Psychological Societies. She has organized interventions with EMDR in mass disasters (Milan’s aircrash on Pirelli Building and Molise’s earthquake) and has worked in cooperation with Civil Defense and Fireworkers to provide psychological support and trauma treatment for emergency workers. She trains graduates students and clinicians in trauma, EMDR and crisis intervention in Italy and Spain.

Masaya Ichii

Masaya Ichii, MA — Japan
First Japanese speaking approved EMDR Institute trainer. He is a full professor of Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Graduate School of Clinical Psychology, Center for Developmental and Clinical Psychology. Trauma Section. He has been in clinical practice for more than 20 years, specializing in assessment and treatment of acute and chronic PTSD, phobias, stress, anxiety disorders, and depression. He is currently president of the EMDR Association Japan, a board member of Japanese Brief Psychotherapy Association, an editorial board member of the Japanese Behavior Therapy Association and the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. He is an invited speaker to many psychological and medical conferences in Japan and South Korea.

Lucina Artigas

Lucina Artigas, M.A. M.T — Mexico
EMDR Institute Trainer of Trainers, Figley Institute Faculty Member, Resiliency Science Institutes International Affiliate Faculty, and ICISF Trained Trainer. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of EMDR Mexico; AMAMECRISIS and International Center of Psychotraumatology. She has received the EMDRIA Creative Innovation Award, the EMDR-Iberoamerica Francine Shapiro Award and the EMDR Colombia Jaibaná Award for Humanitarian work. She is author of the Butterfly Hug and co-author of the EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents and the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol that has been applied worldwide with natural or human provoked disaster survivors. She has presented workshops in United States, Latin America and Europe and has published articles on EMDR, Crisis Intervention and Compassion Fatigue.

Alaide Miranda Gomez

Alaide Miranda Gomez, PhD — Mexico
Clinical psychologist from Mexico, where she specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults with dissociative disorders. She is a presenter of advanced EMDR workshops specific to the treatment of dissociation and complex trauma. She is a member of the Mexican Association for Mental Health Support in Crisis (AMAMECRISIS) Early EMDR Response Team and the EMDR Mexico Board of Directors. She is a researcher from the Latin American and Caribbean Foundation for Psychological Trauma Research and co-author of articles that have been published on the APA Indexed International journals.

Ignacio Jarero

Ignacio Jarero, Ph.D., Ed.D. — Mexico
EMDR Institute Trainer of Trainers, Figley Institute Faculty Member. Resiliency Science Institutes International Affiliate Faculty. ICISF Trained Trainer. He is Co-Founder and Executive Director of EMDR Mexico; AMAMECRISIS; International Center of Psychotraumatology; Green Cross Academy of Traumatology Mexico´s Training Site and Latin America & Caribbean Foundation for Scientific Trauma Research. He is Iberoamerica Journal of Psychotraumatology Founder and co-editor. He has received the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation International Crisis Response Leadership Award; the EMDR Colombia Jaibaná Awardfor Humanitarian work; the Argentinean Society of Psychotrauma (ISTSS Affiliate) Psychotrauma Trajectory Award; and the EMDR-Iberoamerica Francine Shapiro Award. He is co-author of the EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents and the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol that has been applied worldwide with natural or human provoked disaster survivors. He has presented workshops in United States, Latin America and Europe and has published articles on EMDR, Crisis Intervention and Compassion Fatigue.

Susana G Uribe Ramirez

Susana G Uribe Ramirez, MA — Mexico
Executive Director of EMDR Mexico, an EMDR Institute Facilitator, and an EMDR Ibero America approved consultant. In addition, she is a clinical psychotraumatologist for Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. She specializes in treating adult victims of trauma and complicated grief. She is a consultant in trauma, loss, and mourning processes, and an international lecturer on utilizing EMDR with trauma, loss and grief.

Tom Flewett

Tom Flewett, MD — New Zealand
Generalist psychiatrist practicing in New Zealand specialising in the treatment of trauma, addictions and dissociative disorders. He has worked in community mental health services, inpatient units and as an independent assessor for the New Zealand Medical Council. His interest in psychological treatments for mental illness has been a consistent theme throughout his 33-year career and has seen him train in a variety of psycho-therapeutic modalities. Having seen the results of EMDR therapy after his own training, he immediately set out to advance his experience as much as possible and ended up becoming an EMDR Institute trainer in 2016.

Atrid Katzur

Atrid Katzur, Clinical Psychologist — New Zealand and Germany
Clinical Psychologist working in private practice in Wellington, New Zealand, specializing in the treatment of trauma and addictions. She is an EMDR Institute Trainer, as well as an EMDR Europe Consultant, a facilitator for the EMDR-Institute Germany and a R-TEP/ G-TEP Trainer. She is a founding member and past chairperson of the EMDR NZ Association and is the current Vice-Chair of the Board. After finishing her academic training in her native Germany, she has worked as a psychologist over the last 30 years in New Zealand, Australia and Germany with positions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Forensic and Correction settings, as well as Addiction services.

Julieta Lau Sang, Clinical Psychologist — Panama
Julieta Lau, is a clinical psychologist treating adults for over 20 years in Panama City (Rep. of Panama). She specializes in treating post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociation, complex - posttraumatic stress, narcissistic abuse, sexual abuse, assaults, physical violence, cancer survivors and early EMDR Interventions. She has been working in private practice and volunteers to local NGOs helping people on issues such as traumatic grief and mourning, abandonment and acute stress. She is a founding member of EMDR IBA Panama and president of the board.

Her mission is to continue creating conscience on the human’s incredible capacity to survive and grow from and in the face of adversity and to train mental health professionals on evidence-based-therapies such as EMDR.


Elda Rodriguez Frias, Psychologist — Peru
Co-Founder and first President of EMDR Peru Association, Elda is a Certified EMDR Therapist, Facilitator, Approved Consultant, EMDR Trainer and Clinical Psychologist in private practice. She is an avid supporter of EMDR Training in Peru. In addition, she was trained in Cognitive-Behavioral and Rational-Emotive Therapy. Currently living in Chile, Elda is a Member of the Trauma and Dissociation Unit of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Belen Roma Romero

Belen Roma Romero, Psychologist — Peru and Bolivia
Psychologist, psychotherapist and professor. She directs the Program of Solidarity and Volunteers for EMDR Peru, serves as secretary of EMDR Iberoamerica (EMDR IBA) 2013-2016, and is an invited professor at the Antonio Ruiz de Montoya University in Lima, Peru. Also, she is trained in Rational-Emotive Therapy, and trains people in the ESPERE – Schools for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, with a long career in Psychology and spirituality.

Francisca Garcia-Guerrero

Francisca Garcia-Guerrero, PhD — Spain
Clinical psychologist in private practice in Madrid, where she has been integrating EMDR therapy for approximately 20 years. She is president of EMDR Spain since 2004, and co-directs a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy with EMDR since 2014 at the National Long-Distance University (UNED) in Spain. She has participated in investigations in the fields of bipolar and depressive disorders as well as collaborating on many publications. She has been involved in EMDR HAP projects in Uganda and Cuba; in 2015 she received the European EMDR Humanitarian Award for her many years of service to the HAP project in Cuba . She is an EMDR Europe Senior Trainer and has organized various national and international EMDR conferences.

Hana Dickhaut

Hana Dickhaut, Psychologist — Switzerland
Is a clinical psychologist and certified psychotherapist, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma, dissociation and addictions with adult patients since 2000. She studied psychology at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and is trained as a Psychological Psychotherapist in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed basic training in EMDR therapy in 2007. In addition, she has worked psychotherapeutically in different psychotherapeutic and psychosomatic clinics in southern Germany. She became involved in the management of the EMDR Institute Switzerland in 2009, serving as the Co-Head of the EMDR Institute Switzerland since 2020.


Michèle Rondez, Psychologist — Switzerland 
Is a psychologist and certified psychotherapist, doing clinical work since 2001. She specializes in the treatment of complex trauma, dissociation and addictions with adult patients. She has been involved in several research projects with the Trimbos Institute, Netherlands, managing a national research project concerning reintegration for long-term drug addicts, and the study on prevalence of PTSD within the psychiatric population of the Netherlands.  She completed her EMDR therapy basic training in 2007.  Since 2018 she has been working in the management of the EMDR Institute Switzerland and has served as Co-Head since 2020. She became a board member of EMDR Switzerland in 2014, and is member of the extended board of EMDR Europe. (Fluent in German, Dutch and English.)

Emre Konuk

Emre Konuk, MA — Turkey
Clinical psychologist in Istanbul, Turkey. He received family therapy training at the Mental Research Institute (MRI), Brief Therapy Center, Palo Alto, California. He is the president of the Institute for Behavioral Studies-Istanbul, president of EMDR Association and EMDR-HAP-Turkey, and general secretary of Couples and Family Therapy Association-Turkey. He was a board member of the Turkish Psychologists Association, Istanbul Branch from 1990-2002. At present he is a member of the ethics committee, Turkish Psychologists Association. After the 1999 Marmara earthquake, Mr. Konuk was responsible for bringing EMDR-HAP and EMDR basic trainings to Turkey, where more than 600 professionals were trained in EMDR. Over the years, he has participated in EMDR-HAP projects in Thailand, Palestine, Kenya, Lebanon and Iraq. His major concern is to establish EMDR as a major therapy approach in Turkey.

Myriam Calero Ginares

Myriam Calero Ginares, MD — Uruguay
Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, has been working as a clinician in Uruguay for 25 years. She has been trained in CBT and is a member of the ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation). She founded and is in charge of th Psychotraumatology Unit at the Psychiatric Hospital Vilardebo in Montevideao, Uruguay. Currently, she is President of EMDR Uruguay and organizes trainings, conferences, and scientific activities.