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Application of EMDR in Clinical Practice Using Attachment Lens

Event number: 17217
4 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Esen Uygun

This study group will assist counsellors/psychologists/social workers who are working with clients with complex trauma. 

Clients with complex trauma have been exposed to repetitive and/or prolonged abuse, and have attachment injuries inflicted/caused by important caregivers at a developmentally vulnerable age. 

Parents or caregivers in a child’s life determine his/her attachment style. These attachment styles are defined as:

• secure

• insecure preoccupied/anxious

• insecure dismissive/avoidant

• disorganised 

Issues faced by clients with complex trauma include:

• affect regulation 

• dissociation

• somatic disturbances

Owing to the neuroplasticity of the brain, we know that the symptoms of trauma and insecure attachment are not a life sentence and people can earn both secure attachment in their adult life and significant reduction of their trauma symptoms.

EMDR is a treatment modality, which has been found to be successful with clients with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it targets on a cognitive, emotional and somatic level without delving into the details of trauma history. When EMDR is utilised as a treatment modality, attachment work becomes an essential part of the treatment.

The beginning of this training will briefly focus on complex trauma and the theory of structural dissociation of the personality. The remaining focus will be on attachment styles and the difficulties created in clients’ lives and in the therapeutic relationship by particular attachment styles.  There will be live examples of secure attachment resourcing for clients using role plays.

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will have increased understanding of:

  • Complex trauma and dissociation
  • Attachment styles
  • How EMDR can be used to promote earned secure attachment 

 Please note: EMDR level 1 & 2 trained practitioners will receive the optimal benefit from this training, as it is designed for EMDR practitioners (Intermediate level). 

About the presenter(s)

Esen Uygun is a Social Worker and Clinical Family Therapist and has been working in the trauma field for the last 19 years. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of complex clients. She currently works at her private practice at the S-N Counselling Services and the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault.

Esen has facilitated training sessions and groups in the areas of childhood sexual assault, and trauma. She has presented papers in different forums. These presentations included EMDR, complex trauma, and dissociation.

Esen has an eclectic approach to providing counselling and support as she recognises that “one-size does not fit all”. However, she has a strong interest in EMDR, attachment, trauma, feminism, ego state, structural dissociation of the personality and psychodynamic frameworks. Her Masters of Family Therapy supports Esen in her systemic thinking and approach to client groups.


Please make sure you read the group description and details carefully before registering for a study group. CANCELLATION POLICY: As we keep study group fees to a minimum and presenters are paid according to the numbers who attend, we prefer not to provide refunds other than for 'exceptional, unforeseeable circumstances'. We are happy for you to nominate an alternative attendee or you may transfer to another study group, but only within 2 months as this adds extra admin costs. Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the study group you are registered for will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 1-13 days of the study group will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of a study group will not be refunded. All cancellations must be given in writing.

Online registration

Doncaster East

Currawong Bush Park Conference Centre
277 Reynolds Road
Doncaster East, VIC 3109
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 26/8/2017
End date: 26/8/2017
Time: 1.00-5.00pm


APS Member: $110.00
APS Student: $110.00
Non Member: $220.00


APS - Melbourne Branch
Contact Karen Holst
03 8662 3300