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Sensorimotor-Focused EMDR

March 13 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Sensorimotor-Focused EMDR on Friday 13th March 2020 at The Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF     

Learning objectives

This therapeutic approach involves integration of two well established therapeutic approaches. The first is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. This is a bottom up approach to psychotherapy. Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton and Clare Pain wrote Trauma and the body in 2006 which was followed by a book on trauma and dissociation by Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher. Secondly EMDR is a top-down, approach to psychotherapy involving bilateral stimulation as a key component which is used mainly for traumatic stress and other mental health problems. Combining these approaches enables intensive treatment for disorders such as ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Mood and eating disorders, phobias and deliberate self-harm. I have integrated these approaches into Sensorimotor Focused EMDR: A new paradigm for psychotherapy and peak performance which was published by Routledge in December 2018. Combining these techniques allows for treatment of complex trauma and associated dissociative symptoms. Patients are shown how to develop mental toughness and resilience leading to more optimal functioning. There is increasing evidence applying this approach in diverse fields such as business, sport, music and any career where peak performance is often accompanied by repeated failures. I have used SF-EMDR in the management of the emotional aspects of physical health problems such as complex pain and in the treatment of neglect and emotional, physical and sexual abuse. The workshop will address these issues with clinical examples and there will be time for delegates to discuss how this approach might apply to their own patients and clients.


Dr O’Malley has practiced as a doctor since 1990 and as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist from 2004 until 2017 for the NHS. As an EMDR consultant accredited since 2008 he sees patients with PTSD and complex trauma across the lifespan. He has presented widely in the fields of trauma, neglect and the developing brain, attachment disorders, personality disorders, emotional dysregulation in ADHD and ASD diagnosis and management. He supervises therapists towards accreditation as both Practitioners and Consultants in EMDR. In Jan 2011 he became a fellow of the royal college of psychiatrists. He first presented this therapeutic approach at the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and dissociation in November2011 in Canada and at the Bowlby Centre in London. Karnac Books published his book, the Art of BART in March 2015 It is available from Amazon or karnacbooks.com. The follow up Sensorimotor-Focused EMDR: A New Paradigm for Psychotherapy and Peak Performance is an integration of Sensorimotor Focused EMDR, Brief Effective Psychotherapy and Quantum Field Theory of the therapist patient interaction. He has been a member of the UK and Ireland EMDR association Child and Adolescent committee from 2016 to 2020.

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The George Fox Room at The Priory Rooms
40 Bull Street
Birmingham,B4 6AFUnited Kingdom
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