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EMDR Masterclass Review

A sneak peek into our EMDR Masterclass 2016…

with special thanks to Dr Michael Patterson OBE


Our EMDR Masterclass, on Saturday 23rd April 2016, was the largest event held by Jesmond Therapy Centre to date.

Held in CastleGate conference centre’s Turbine Hall, the venue offered space for a large number of specialist EMDR Practitioners to attend the course: A Masterclass on Healing Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Ego State Therapy and EMDR – Presented by Dr Michael C. Paterson OBE.

The workshop aimed to provide an overview of dissociation and how it impacts on EMDR processing, including an explanation of Ego State Therapy (EST) and how it fits with EMDR to provide the stabilization clients need, as well as dealing with blocked processing.  Versions of this workshop were delivered pre-conference for ESTD in 2010 and EMDR Europe in 2014, both highly acclaimed by attendees.

Feedback from the course was overwhelmingly positive and delegates reported that they gained some valuable knowledge and resources to add to their EMDR practice toolkit.    The Masterclass was delivered by Michael Paterson who engaged delegates with his confident and relaxed style adding touches of humour where appropriate.   Michael was approachable and invited questions from the floor which helped with delegates own case work.

A great lunch was supplied by Jaspers and I think those on special diets all enjoyed the efforts made to create a varied and interesting lunch.


Dr Michael Paterson delivering his EMDR Masterclass in front of an audience, with screen behind and draped fairy lights above.

Dr Michael Paterson delivering his EMDR Masterclass at CastleGate in Newcastle upon Tyne.

About the Trainer…

Well known to most EMDR Practitioners, Dr Michael Paterson is a Clinical Psychologist based in Belfast specialising in the treatment of multiply traumatised people. It was largely based on his clinical work with EMDR that he was awarded the OBE in 2008 for Services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland.

Since then, Michael has played an integral role in the recommendation of EMDR as a treatment for PTSD in adults, and is a past President of the EMDR Association of UK & Ireland.

For more information about Michael, and to watch his video, click here to look at his website.

Dr Michael Paterson talking to an EMDR Practitioner against a black backdrop.

Dr Michael Paterson talking to one of the delegates during a break.


An EMDR Practitioner and Dr Michael Paterson eating sandwiches at a round table.

Dr Michael Paterson and a delegate enjoying the lunch buffet.


What did you think?

We have received an overwhelming amount of feedback from the course, with an over 90% response rate and a lot of positive comments.  We have loved reading about all of our delegates experiences throughout the day, and have compiled a list of our favourite comments:

“Michael was an excellent presenter – engaging, enlightening and accessible.”

“Very good, thorough understanding of his work.”

“Excellent – so good to watch a true “professional”.”

“I learnt so much”

“Excellent, the day really flowed well – it flew by!”

“A really great workshop – thank you”

“Michael is a fantastic presenter, so experienced but also able to communicate this experience.”

“Excellent presenter – fantastic workshop”

“Wish it could have been 2 or 3 days!”

“Really great, very experienced and knowledgeable”

“Excellent – Michael is an expert therapist and presenter”

“Very thorough and clear”

“Excellent, entertaining and informative”

“Everything presented was clear, relevant and useful and made sense in terms of my own practice”

“Excellent, clear, concise”

“Well paced and interesting”


Some EMDR books being sold on a table, with 2 men talking.

Some of the EMDR materials available to buy at the workshop.


And importantly, some great feedback about the lunch!



“Thank you for providing the best gluten & dairy free meal!”

A table with refreshments, tea, coffee and biscuits with one of our receptionists serving water.

One of our Reception Staff, Kath, happily serving the refreshments!