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 two groups that ‘meet’ 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 a Phase-Oriented Treatment Model, which emphasizes the following skills: assessment along the dissociative spectrum, affectively attuned psychoeducation, stabilization, attachment repair, and trauma resolution.

Members take turns presenting cases and asking questions. I integrate Internal Family Systems (IFS), Structural Dissociation, EMDR Therapy, 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. 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 two openings. 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 1 opening. Email me if it sounds like the right group for you. Cost is $40/hour session


-Alternate Wednesday Cloud Video Conference. 12 noon-1 PST. This is for therapists who have experience treating complex trauma, and want ongoing consultation from a number of theoretical perspectives. We integrate Structural Dissociation, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR, as well as many other theories and perspectives! This group has 4 openings. 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.

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.

Become a Trauma-informed Psychotherapist

Focussed Attention for You and Your Clients

I combine an extensive knowledge of EMDR with a number of ‘Parts’ models, to meet the needs of clients across the spectrum–from those who are adequately resourced and simply have a number of traumas to process, to those who are dissociative with extensive histories of abuse and neglect. I have the conviction that accurate assessment at the beginning of treatment and throughout, is an essential skill that every clinician who treats trauma must master. I draw from attachment theory, Internal Family Systems, Structural Dissociation, and Schema Therapy, as well as EMDR Therapy, in order to tailor each treatment plan to your client’s needs. I also teach the Ideal Parent Protocol, many many methods of Resourcing, and Sandra Paulsen’s Preverbal Trauma Protocol. I recommend lots of learning resources along the way, including the trainings I have found most rewarding.

When you are up to speed with Trauma-informed approaches, you will be eligible to join my, a site that offers client referrals, to therapists who are trauma-informed.

-My fee is $190. For ongoing group learning, you may wish to join one of my group consultations, or join the Phase-oriented Consultant Training program beginning November 15, 2020.

Email me if you have questions I have not answered here!


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