EMDRIA Approved Consultant-in-Training Groups

This is a group which will meet for an hour on alternate weeks. Cost is $65. If you are already an EMDRIA Certified Therapist, and want to bump it up to the next level, this is the way to do that. These groups will meet via Zoom cloud video. Please note: I will only accept students who have extensive knowledge of Phase-Oriented Trauma Treatment for these groups.

Trauma Therapist Retreat | Descend into Self-energy | March 6-8, 2020

March 6-8, 2020 | Gassho House | Nicasio, California
This is designed as a deep immersion in SELF-ENERGY, a chance to observe the parts of ourselves that we habitually blend with and keep us from being fully present in SELF…as well as rest, fun, conversation, beauty, art, poetry, good food–all with your trauma-informed colleagues! This will be a blast…

Cost: Includes shared lodging, all your meals, hot tub and workshop.

-Shared Room $495

-Single Room $635

-Heated Tent Cabin $425

Gassho House, Nicasio, CA, is an esthetically beautiful and well-appointed retreat center in Marin County, one hour from San Francisco, but it feels like a world away. Rooms sleep 3, 4, or 5 people. Beds feature new mattresses and bedding. Heated tent cabins are near the house and bathroom. They have beds and real bedding, and electricity. Hot tub and fire pit. Delicious, organic vegetarian food will be provided. https://gasshohouse.com/

About the Property

This compound is a boutique retreat. We will be the only group there for the weekend–no more than 20 helping professionals. There are 3 main structures; the barn, main house, and yurt, nestled on this recently renovated 5-acre estate.

  • hot tub

  • running stream

  • community fire pit

Friday March 6, 2020, Gather at 2 PM

Sunday March 8, 2020, Depart for home 2 PM

Register at smarttherapytools.com or email me with questions contact@colleenwest.com.

Refund Policy: If you must cancel, you will receive a full refund up until February 1, 2020, minus a $75 processing fee. After that, there are no refunds unless we can fill your space.

Ongoing Consultation Groups

Cloud Video Conference or Face-to-Face in El Cerrito

I have two monthly face-to-face groups that meet in El Cerrito CA, and a group that ‘meets’ via  Zoom video conference.  My groups include lots of cases, a layering of theoretical approaches, and room for therapists to grow into effective trauma-informed clinicians. I practice and teach an Integrative Trauma Treatment Model, which emphasizes the following skills: assessment along the dissociative spectrum, affectively attuned psychoeducation, stabilization, attachment repair, and trauma resolution, using either Internal Family Systems (IFS) or EMDR.

Members take turns presenting cases and asking questions. I integrate Internal Family Systems (IFS), Structural Dissociation, EMDR Therapy, Flash Technique, as well as tons of other models into my consultation.  Many methods of resourcing, trauma processing, and just good clinical judgement and assessment, will be woven into your learning here. I also share readings, videos, and information about trainings I think will be useful along the way. If you aren’t following me on my Facebook page, you may want to consider it as a way to stay in touch, hear about upcoming training opportunities, and new trauma treatment tools.


Second Thursday in El Cerrito, CA. 9-11 AM PST. This group is for therapists who are learning to treat trauma and dissociation from a number of theoretical perspectives. It is an ongoing discussion of cases, EMDR, Structural Dissociation, and Internal Family Systems. This group is full. Email me if you would like to be next in line. Cost $80/group


 -Second Friday in El Cerrito, CA. 12:15-2:15 PST. This group is for therapists who are learning to treat trauma from a number of theoretical perspectives.  It is an ongoing discussion of cases, EMDR, Structural Dissociation, and Internal Family Systems. This group has three openings. Please email me if you are interested! Cost $80/group


-Alternate Tuesday Cloud Video Conference. 11-12 noon PST. This is for therapists who are interested in learning how to treat trauma from a number of theoretical perspectives, including EMDR, Structural Dissociation, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). This group has two openings. Email me if it sounds like the right group for you. Cost is $40/hour session


Please email me if you have questions or would like to join us.  Once I confirm your spot via email, I will send you a document with all the details–how to pay, where we meet, how to join the video conference, etcetera! Email Colleen here.

Guidelines for Presenting Cases

Though I am not rigid about this format, it does help us use our time together most efficiently. Please consider prepping your case beforehand.
In general, if you presented last time, let others have a chance first.
Please answer these questions IN ORDER:
1-Start with basic demographics of the client, age, gender, employed, married, anything else unusual or relevant?
2-What was their presenting problem when they first started with you, how long have you seen them, and how frequently do you see them now? Do you have limited sessions with them?
3-Why are you presenting them today? (focus your question, as best you can)
4-Then give us more history to flesh out the case, so we get the feeling/texture of the client.

Regarding the 10 Hours Consultation for EMDR Training

If you have been trained by Dr. Phil Manfield and are seeking your 10 hours of consultation to become trained in EMDR, please know that most of my students remain in my groups for longer than the required 10 hours. This is because I offer COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING in safely treating dissociation, complex PTSD, and attachment disorders, in addition to EMDR. This means my students learn a large variety of ‘PARTS’ interventions for stabilization of developmental trauma, sometimes in conjunction with EMDR interventions, and sometimes for use in advance of EMDR. If you want to  learn how to spot and treat the dissociative clients who are in your practice, then I’m your man. If you are wanting your 10 hours of consultation in order to get your EMDR certificate only, then I may not be the best consultant for you. Also, if you want to get credit for those 10 hours of EMDR consultation, you MUST present cases, top ten lists, and ask questions about treating your clients with EMDR.