We have a friendly, approachable and very experienced team here at The EMDR Academy to ensure our training courses are high quality, engaging and innovative.  Read below for more details.


EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer & Consultant
BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (070148)
PG Dip, GDip, BA(Hons), Dip HE, RN(MH)

Board Member EMDR Association UK & Ireland

Matthew is an enthusiastic, friendly, caring and confident psychotherapist who is an EMDR Europe accredited Trainer and Consultant.People naturally warm to his engaging and enthusiastic teaching approach, whilst being able to clearly relate theory to real clinical cases. He has over 20 years’ experience in the field of mental health in numerous different settings including defence, NHS, industry and private practice.

He specialises in trauma and PTSD through his 21 years’ experience in the military both in the UK and combat zones abroad including Iraq and Afghanistan. He is one of only 7 EMDR Europe Accredited Trainers in the UK and Ireland. He is also an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT) and has a particular interest in Mindfulness and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Matt is a skilled supervisor, presenter, trainer and author in psychotherapy and health promotion. He has had several articles published in peer-reviewed journals on both EMDR and CBT, and has presented at international conferences. He lives in the Cheshire area with his young family and enjoys keep fit, singing in a local band and walking his dog.

For details on his Qualifications and other information please scroll down to the bottom of this page.



EMDR Europe Approved Trainer and Consultant
BABCP Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse (RNLD)
Msc Applied Social Learning Theory and Counselling

Caroline’s teaching style has been described as highly effective, safe and encouraging, enabling her audience to positively learn and develop their clinical practice to a high standard. Passionate about EMDR Caroline is keen to impart a sound understanding of EMDR and ignite enthusiasm in others.

Over the years Caroline has worked in a number of settings supporting the needs of both client ‘s with learning disabilities and mental health needs.  Initially qualifying as a Learning Disability Nurse (RNLD) working in private secure services, Caroline moved into the NHS and developed her working career from nurse to CBT Therapist.  Caroline worked in the NHS for 16 years alongside running her own independent CBT/EMDR practice which now operates full time.  Caroline is accredited as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the BABCP and provides therapy and supervision utilising CBT and EMDR.  

Within Psychological Therapies department in Shropshire she was instrumental in helping to develop a primary care cbt service and later supporting the implementation of an IAPT Service. 

Caroline has a keen and special interest in the area of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  She has provided a number of inhouse presentations on adapting CBT and EMDR for this client group. Caroline presented at the West Midlands EMDR Regional Support Group (to which she is a member of the board) and at the EMDR UK and Ireland Conference in London 2017 on adapting the standard protocol for individuals with ASD. Caroline continues to provide clinical supervision for an extensive range of staff and services.

Caroline was certified as an EMDR Europe approved trainer in 2017 and we are very excited to have her on our training team.




Susan Darker-Smith is an accredited CBT therapist and EMDR Europe Child Trainer & Consultant specialising in complex trauma, dissociative disorders, personality difficulties and eating disorders. Susan has devised a protocol for delivering therapy for victims of sexual assault without evidence contamination and also one for delivering EMDR to complex clients with an existing diagnosis of BPD. She has lectured at various conferences within the UK and abroad. Susan works with complex trauma cases in the NHS and private practice, along with providing supervision in CBT and EMDR. She can provide specialist clinical supervision on EMDR for Children & Adolescents for those working with this client group.  Susan is also an EMDR Europe Accredited Child & Adolescent Trainer.  Her vast experience, particularly with children and adolescent, make her a great addition to The EMDR Academy training team.

dr David Blore-emdr europe facilitator

David Blore is a Consultant Psychotherapist. He was trained in EMDR by Francine Shapiro in the mid-1990’s and became a training Facilitator in1997 and a Founding EMDR Consultant in 2001. He previously worked as an accredited CBT therapist from 1994-2014. He is a skilled EMDR Facilitator and we are lucky to have him work with The EMDR Academy.  He is taking the lead in the delivery of some of the specialised EMDR Workshops we offer including ‘The Blind-to-Therapist Protocol’. Other workshops being planned will include: ‘Using EMDR in a Time-limited Environment’ and ‘Welcome to Your Potential: EMDR and Positive Psychology’. David works as a therapist and supervisor in York and as a specialist visiting lecturer in EMDR at Teesside University. He completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham on the ‘Phenomenology of Psychological Change following Road Traffic Crashes’. David has been using EMDR for 23 years and is an expert in occupational-related disasters. He has also been involved in humanitarian projects in Turkey and Russia and has numerous publications on the use of EMDR treatment of psychological trauma as diverse as Francine Shapiro’s second book: ‘EMDR, the Breakthrough Therapy’ and ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for Dummies’ (!) He is the author of ‘In Search of the Antonym to Trauma’. David’s CV is available here.  

For more details about David and what he can offer please visit his own website.


Dr Wendy Frappell-Cooke-emdr europe facilitator


Dr Wendy Frappell-Cooke CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, is a Consultant Psychologist, Approved BPS Supervisor and EMDR Consultant Supervisor. She is also BABCP Accredited. She is a past UKPTS Board Member and is a member of the European Society of Trauma and Dissociation. She specialises in complex trauma, dissociative disorders and CFS/ME and has presented in those areas. She also specialises in combat related trauma having worked in the Ministry of Defence for the past 10 years, including at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre for military personnel suffering severe physical injuries. Her Doctoral research was on Trauma Risk Management within the military in relation to PTSD and Stigma, which included Guilt Related PTSD and her MSc research on the Impact and coping strategies of females living with Domestic Violence. She also has direct experience of exposure to trauma as a Police Officer working with major crimes such as murders, child abuse and rape, leaving in the rank of Detective Inspector. We are privileged to have Wendy as part of our team and her vast experience brings a wealth of knowledge to our trainings.

Publications include: 

Mental Health Workers Tale (2015) in Bringing War Home - The Battle to beat Stigma

The Psychological Challenge of Genital Injury. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 2013; 159 (Supp 1)

Does Trauma Risk Management reduce Psychological Distress in Deployed Troops? Occupational Medicine (Lond) 2010, 60(8), 645-650

JESSICA WOOLLISCROFT-emdr europe facilitator


Jessica Woolliscroft is an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant, a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor and a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She has worked in the mental health field since 1983 in private practice, therapeutic communities, secure mental health settings, voluntary sector projects and NHS Primary and Secondary Care settings. In each setting she has held clinical and supervisory roles. Jessica has many years’ experience of project management, recently co-founding a Community Interest Company, offering training placements, assessment and therapy to the local community. From 2000 to 2010 she led an NHS Focus Group on Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) which raised £12,000 from the Health Authority to train NHS staff in the treatment of adult CSA survivors. Jessica has sat on the Board of Directors and Ethics Committee of her professional body for many years, been a member of EMDR UK and Ireland North West Regional Group and facilitated a South Cheshire EMDR Peer Support group for many years.  We are very pleased to have Jessica on our facilitating team.  Jessica is interested in how socio – economic, cultural and environmental forces interact with attachment trauma to affect the diagnostic and treatment process. She is also exploring how understanding depth psychology can enhance the use of EMDR, particularly with patients with attachment trauma and dissociative coping styles who are highly likely to be diagnosed with personality disorder and/or complex developmental PTSD. 

Woolliscroft, J. (2016). The Compassionate Design of Therapeutic Space.  The Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care, Vol.4. Feb 2016 pp. 97 -119

Woolliscroft, J. (2010) Freedom and Oppression in Therapeutic Space. Masters Dissertation University of Chester.

Day, A; Thurlow, K; Woolliscroft, J. (2003) Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Survey of Mental Health Professionals. The International Journal of Childhood Abuse and Neglect, Vol 27, No. 2, Feb 2003.

For a detailed CV with qualifications and work experience please see Jessica’s website www.jessicawoolliscroft.co.uk

 EMDR Academy Administration team

Claire Wesson is the main administrator and Operations Director, please do email if you are unable to find your answers on our FAQ page.

Sylwia and Synj are innovative, hardworking and have years of accounting, bookkeeping, and administration experience.

Jo offers our team brilliant business support and she helps to co-ordinate and support the administrative part of our trainings.

Selected Publications

Wesson MI, Whybrow D, Gould M, Greenberg N. An Initial Evaluation of the Clinical and Fitness for Work Outcomes of a Military Group Behavioural Activation Programme. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. 42(02) 243-247.

Wesson MI, Whybrow D, Greenberg N, Gould M. Clinical supervision in a UK military Department of Community Mental Health. Journal of the Royal Army Med Corps. Published Online First: May 27, 2013

Wesson, M.I. ‘Lessons learnt from America’ – Reflections from a fellowship examining the prevention, recognition and treatment of operational stress injuries in US Army serving personnel. Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service 2010; 96 (3): 175-184

Wesson, M.I & Gould, M. Can a return-to-work agenda fit within the theory and practice of CBT for anxiety disorders and depression? The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 2010, 3, 27–42.
Contact us for a copy of the article in full

Wesson, M.I & Gould, M. Intervening Early with EMDR on Military Operations.
Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 3, Number 2, 2009

If you would like a copy of any of these the articles please do get in touch

Other Information

• Winston Churchill Fellow (2009) – read more at http://www.wcmt.org.uk/fellows/stories/matthew-wessons-story
• DV security cleared.