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Some articles from the August 2019 GOEMDRIAN newsletter are presented below.

Francine Shapiro
1948 – 2019

The Greater Orlando EMDR community joins the world in mourning the death of Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., on June 16, 2019. As the originator and developer of EMDR therapy, Dr. Shapiro’s life’s work was devoted to alleviating suffering, healing wounds, and transforming the world into a place of peace. Her legacy of healing goes on through the work and dedication of EMDR therapists throughout the world. Click here to read the statement by Carol Miles, President, EMDRIA Board of Directors.

Simplifying Complex Trauma:
A Somatic and Attachment Approach to Complex Cases

DATE: Friday, November 8, 2019
TIME: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Saints Peter & Paul Church
5300 Old Howell Branch Road
Winter Park, FL 32792
COST: $130
MORE INFORMATION: Upcoming Workshops

Our Community

Meet Tammy Carvalho

Introducing Tammy Carvalho, LMHC, NCC, Qualified Supervisor, EMDR Certified, whose practice is Broken Wings Ministry, Inc. ( in Orlando, Florida.

Tammy’s offices are located in the burgeoning Lake Nona Community (across the street from the Lake Nona VA hospital and Nemours Children’s Hospital). She sees clients ages three to older adults who are seeking treatment for a wide range of issues including mood disorders, PTSD, and addictions. Tammy feels counseling is her “passion” and the use of EMDR (standard protocol, R-TEP and DeTUR) as an invaluable part of her practice. She further explains that she is fascinated by Biblical/historic religious celebrations. She understands everyone is unique and is sensitive to the different levels of spirituality her clients have.

As indicated by the name of her nonprofit organization—Broken Wings Ministry—Tammy’s mission is to provide clients the opportunity to access quality treatment by a certified EMDR therapist. Therefore, she accepts a wide range of health insurance plans including Cigna, Aetna, BCBS, Tricare and Humana. Her practice is expanding and she has recently hired three registered interns (one mental health counselor and two marriage and family therapists), whom she personally supervises.

In addition to her private practice, Tammy has a major long-term goal for helping our community: The founding of Freedom Home (, which will consist of residential group home for 10 women with a holistic treatment. There will be space for seven women with insurance or self-pay ability and the other three spaces will be given to sex-trafficked (and/ or) homeless women without means. Once the Freedom Home is established and running, homes for children and then men with mental health diagnoses and substance abuse will follow. The homes will provide a comprehensive holistic healing environment, offering MAT (Medical Assisted Treatment/ Vivitrol, etc.), EMDR and other psychotherapies, life skills, twelve-step with family involvement, nutrition, garden and animal therapies. Tammy is well on her way in this monumental endeavor, having formed a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation and named Dr. Norman Carvalho Nemours, Anesthesiologist, as Vice President, and Marnie Forester (, listed as Orlando’s Business Journal 2018 Top Business Woman, as Board Chair, and Linda Loudon of Stockworth Realty as a Board Member. Her next steps are to recruit a grant writer and continue fundraising efforts.

Tammy explains that her latest endeavor springs from her brother’s heroin overdose. Her mindset is to bring forth hope and healing from her brother’s loss for others in need during a time of crisis in our nation. This deeply spiritual and positive therapist is a prime example of professional dedication and service to her community.

Tammy can be reached at 321-701-3064 and is practicing at 6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32827.

EMDR Therapist Progressions

The GOEMDRIAN Community would like to acknowledge the progression of excellence by acknowledging those who have achieved EMDRIA approved milestones. To be included in EMDR Therapist Progressions, please be sure to let us know of your EMDR-related progress so that we can celebrate your success! Contact Wendy Gibbs at

At a Glance:
Mary Beth

We made it! It has been a very busy 2019! If you are like me the year has brought unforeseen challenges as well as blessings. One of those blessings is our community’s growth! We now have 2800 contacts on our mailing list! Please feel free to share this link ( with your colleagues who want to stay informed about trainings and information in our community.

Your Board is here to serve you. 

Please contact us if you would like to volunteer or have ideas that would benefit our community.

Your local TRN: I am so happy to have additional help on our GOEMDRIAN Inc. team. Lauren Sparer ( and Dominique Barritt McBride ( are co-chairs of the Trauma Recovery Network. Please contact them if you would like to volunteer. 

September 12 – 15, 2019: We are looking forward to the EMDRIA International Conference in Orange County, California. You can get more information Here.

November 8, 2019: We have had a change of venue and are excited to be presenting a virtual training. Learning together via the internet allows us to gather as a community and learn together and from one another as we practice new skills. We look forward to seeing you there. Click here for more information.

Plans for 2020: We have asked Marnie Davis to present on Eating Disorders. We are hoping to provide EMDRIA credits as well as CEU’s for this training. 

Spring 2020: Latest and Greatest: Also look forward to highlights form the EMDRIA International Conference in California brought to you doorstep via our local trainers!

EMDR Institute Listserv Moderator: Subscribe or change your subscription at: EMDR subscription

Share your knowledge: Our community is highly skilled and we want to help facilitate the sharing of your expertise! If you would like to present at a regional meeting please contact Cherilyn Rowland Petrie (, our GOEMDRIAN Education Chair.

List your practice for free: Visit your GOEMDRIAN website ( to take advantage of the opportunity to list your practice or click below.

Thank you Diane Kimball, Amy Wagner, Wendy Gibbs, and Joan Liberman for your contribution in to our publications! We could not succeed without you.

The EMDR Research Foundation focuses on three research priorities: to increase efficacy and reliability, to improve the understand how EMDR can be effective in clinical areas not yet studied, and to address the global burden of trauma. You can find out more here. (

Questions? Please feel free to contact me if our GOEMDRIAN community can be of help to you as you serve your clients. 

Mary Beth Griffis ( 407.782.0134 

Basic Training

EMDR Institute Regional Basic Training
Weekend One: October 4-6
Weekend Two: November 8-10

Reg Morrow Robinson & Claire Mauer
Ronald McDonald House at Nemours, Lake Nona, FL. 

EMDR Certification Consultation Group

Bill Brislin, LMHC and EMDRIA Approved Consultant, is forming a new EMDR consultation group via Zoom for EMDR Therapists who have completed the EMDR Basic training and wish to work towards becoming an EMDR Certified Therapist. It is also intended for therapists trained in EMDR, perhaps years ago, who wish to deepen their clinical skills. 

This five-session group will be held monthly, beginning Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for November 6, December 4, January 8, and February 5, 2020.

The cost for the group participation, which includes 10 consultation hours, is $450. Sessions will include didactic elements, discussion, and formal case presentations. The purpose of the group is to assist participants in their full engagement with the AIP model of case conceptualization and treatment to attain a level of mastery as EMDR Therapists in a variety of clinical contexts. Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions to benefit fully from the group curriculum. Click here for details and to register. 

Group facilitator Bill Brislin has extensive experience mentoring therapists through supervision and consultation. Bill holds a particular interest in treating complex trauma and dissociation, as well as encouraging new and experienced therapists to acquire confidence and deepen their skills.

Becoming an EMDRIA Certified Therapist requires a minimum of 20 hours of consultation beyond the basic training requirements. EMDRIA also states that 10 of the 20 hours can be acquired in a group setting.

Visit to learn more about becoming an EMDR Certified Therapist.

Book Review

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve
Self-Help Excercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism
by Stanly Rosenberg

This is an exciting book that offers an understanding of our cranial nerves and how they affect our psychological and physical well-being. There are a series of self help exercises that readers can try on their own to help with deeper relaxation, increase sleep quality and heal from injury or trauma. There is also wonderful information that helps us to understand the link between the vagus nerve and social functioning, which may offer a new area of hope for people struggling with symptoms that are prevalent with autism spectrum disorders. End here (click here to read further)

The introduction is dedicated to learning about the Autonomic Nervous System. During the reading, we learn how the autonomic nervous system is in an integral part of the human nervous system, monitoring and regulating the activity of the visceral organs which include the heart, lungs, liver, gall bladder, stomach, intestines, kidneys and sexual organs. When we experience troubles with any of these organs it could be dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system.

Part one is comprised of seven chapters dedicated to various aspects of The Polyvagal Theory. Early in this section we learn about common problems related to cranial-nerve dysfunction. This area explores problems related to chronic physical tensions, emotional issues, heart and lung problems, visceral organ dysfunction, immune system problems, behavioral problems, interpersonal relationships, mental issues and other problems related to menstrual symptoms and skin problems. The author shares how we all are affected from any of these issues from time to time and the common thread is that all these issues can be addressed by reinstating the normal function of the ventral vagus nerve branch and other nerves required for social engagement.

In Chapter 1, we get to know our autonomic nervous system. We quickly learn about the twelve cranial nerves and their functions. Cranial nerve dysfunction and social engagement is explored to help us understand what happens when we experience chronic activation of the spinal sympathetic chain system (fight or flight) or the dorsal vagal activity (withdrawal and shut down). Learning how to build a resilient autonomic nervous system helps us bounce back to a state of social engagement.

Chapter 2 focuses on The Polyvagal Theory. We begin by learning about the three circuits of the Autonomic Nervous System and then move onto learning about the five states of the autonomic nervous system. I found this chapter to be particularly interesting as it deepened my understanding of the Polyvagal Theory and closed several gaps, I had in understanding how the system interlinked with all of its variations.

Chapter 3 explores Neuroception and Faulty Neuroception. Stephen Porges coined the term “neuroception” to describe how our neural circuits distinguish whether a situation is safe, threatening or dangerous. This activity happens outside of our conscious awareness and is always on guard so we can focus on other things in life rather than just the primitive need for survival. On the flip side, the author explores Faulty Neuroception and all the factors that may lead to blinding our perception of the validity of threats when past experiences may inform our nervous system.

Chapter 4 leads a fascinating learning of the ventral branch of the vagus nerve. The author goes into great detail to help the reader understand how we can evaluate social engagement through our ability to both look and listen and take in simple evaluation from facial observation. Vagal function can also be evaluated using Heart Rate Variability. This chapter includes basic ways therapists can safely engage with a client to test for vagal functioning.

In Chapter 5, the reader will explore how the Polyvagal Theory could possibly be a new paradigm for health care. The author explores how our autonomic nervous system plays a role in our psychological state and then our behavior. Possibly in the future we will be able to rely less on anti depressants and mood enhancers if we learn to take a Polyvagal approach for psychological and physical conditions. This chapter further shares examples and case studies of the healing power of the Polyvagal Theory.

Somatopsychological problems are explored in Chapter 6. The author explores the reverse of “psychosomatic”, where the mind causes problems in the body and is curious about the possibility of physiology affecting the mind. He suggests that there could be a unity of mind-body emotions and that trauma survivors might best be helped by starting their treatment with body-therapy techniques that bring them out of a state of chronic stress and move towards greater flexibility of the autonomic response. The author offers a fresh look at common psychological diagnoses through deepening our understanding of the Polyvagal Theory in therapy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could help ease the distress caused by anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, anti-social behavior, domestic violence and PTSD?

Chapter 7 is devoted to explaining how autism and the autonomic nervous system are connected by exploring the prevalence of autism and the role of hearing in autism. The author offers a case study and insights that offers new hope for working with people who experience life on the autism spectrum.

Part Two of the book begins to put all the learning to immediate use as the author shares fabulous exercises that anyone can do to help restore a well-functioning ventral branch of the vagus nerve. There are about ten exercises any of us can do at home to restore our healthy social engagement. The appendix offers colorful diagrams to help us visualize and identify important areas of the human body that are included in our autonomic nervous system.

I found this book to be a fascinating and has shifted my perspective about “where to start” with clients who experienced early childhood trauma. Going to the body first seems to be really helpful in bringing down the initial anxiety seen early in therapy…. for many just coming to therapy is anxiety provoking and can activate the flight response. I also deeply appreciated the exercises that I am working to include in my own life and healing journey. I am sure you will enjoy this book and the fresh perspectives. Happy Reading.

Amy Wagner, M.A.
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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