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Graham Taylor received his first EMDR training via correspondence with Francine Shapiro in 1989, and began facilitating for Shapiro at the first Australian trainings in 1992.
In 1996 he was one of the first group of trainers accredited by EMDR International Association. He retired from full time clinical practice in 2015, and now spends much of his time providing EMDR training and supervision through his Therapist Training business.
Caroline is a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist with over 13 years of clinical experience. To date she has worked in private, community, hospital, medical and university settings. Caroline is the Director of Mindful Living, a private practice that has a special focus on EMDR Therapy. She is also the EMDR Program Coordinator at a private psychiatric hospital where she developed the first hospital inpatient EMDR program in Victoria, Australia. Caroline is the EMDRAA Secretary and is an EMDRAA Accredited Trainer. She regularly provides EMDR consultation and training and particularly enjoys mentoring therapists who are new to EMDR Therapy.
Larissa is a Clinical Psychologist from Western Australia and is the Regional General Manager (WA, NT & SA) at PeopleSense by Altius, a private organisation who provide therapy in Employee Assistance Program, workers’ compensation and privately funded systems.
Larissa is a passionate advocate for raising the awareness and increasing understanding of EMDR in many circles, including insurance companies, large employers such as mining companies and first responder organisations.
She has co-authored several papers in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, and presented on EMDR at conferences in Australia and overseas. Along with her colleagues, Larissa conducted an RCT comparing EMDR with CBT for grief and since this time has focused on using EMDR with a broad range of clinical presentations.
Accreditation and Standards
Phil is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and has a Master of Science degree in Integrative Psychotherapy.
He has worked extensively in acute mental health settings both in the UK and New Zealand. He completed his EMDR therapy training in 2003 and is an Accredited Trainer with EMDRAA and an Accredited Consultant with EMDRAA, EMDR Europe and EMDRNZ.
Phil works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychological Interventions within a large Community Mental Health Centre in Auckland where he provides EMDR therapy to clients with complex PTSD and provides clinical consultation to EMDR therapists on an individual and group basis.
Phil is Chair of the Accreditation & Standards Committee and coordinates the New Zealand branch of EMDRAA.
Robyn Elliott is a Mental Health Social worker and family therapist with 28 years experience. She lectures in family therapy and other adjunct therapeutic approaches, with a specialisation in trauma. She also provides trainings in trauma work locally, interstate and internationally.
Robyn completed her EMDR basic training in 2000 and has a particular interest in not only improving her EMDR skills but also in integrating this with systemic (family based) approaches. She has facilitated in EMDR trainings since 2010 and has been an accredited consultant with EMDRAA since 2012. She has been a member of the Board since 2014.
Zineta is a psychologist and currently works in private practice with adolescents and adults with a wide variety of presenting mental health issues, but her main interest is in working with PTSD and trauma.
Zineta previously worked in the community sector for a Disability Employment Service, as the resident psychologist for people with barriers to obtaining or maintaining an employment outcome, due to multiple disabilities and complex issues. Zineta is an Accredited EMDR Practitioner. As a member of the board, Zineta is part of the EMDRAA conference organising committee and also helps organise the EMDRAA webinar programme.
Ainslee Gibbs holds a Bachelor in Counselling, with clinical experience in trauma, domestic violence, grief & loss, and drug & alcohol addiction. Ainslee has undertaken further post graduate training in DBT, Narrative Therapy, ACT, Motivational Interviewing and EMDR.
Ainslee’s interest in EMDR led to her being elected to the board of the EMDR Association of Australia in 2017, and she is a registered practitioner for Eudoxia EAP, specialising in trauma and critical incident counselling. Ainslee holds professional memberships with the Australian Counselling Association and EMDRAA.