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)

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 is able to treat a wide range of difficulties and has a track record of success with people from a variety of backgrounds.

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.

David Blore

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 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.  He is a real asset to our team.

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

Fokkina McDonnell

Fokkina McDonnell was originally worked as an Occupational Psychologist and then became a UKCP registered Psychotherapist in 1998. She is a gifted EMDR Consultant and Training Facilitator and has qualifications in Hypnotherapy, Coaching and Supervision. She runs a private therapy and supervision practice in Stretford, Manchester. Fokkina has been using EMDR for over 15 years and brings a huge amount of experience when facilitating on our accredited training.  Fokkina also provides clinical supervision for EMDR Academy customers as well as providing training on specialised workshops relating to EMDR.

Susan Darker-Smith

Susan Darker-Smith is an accredited CBT therapist and EMDR 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.

Matthew Wesson’s details continued:

Relevant Qualifications and Training

•EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant.
•CBT Clinical Supervision Training, OCTC.
•BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
•PG Dip in Cognitive Therapy, Oxford University.
•Trauma Risk Management Instructor.
•Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
•Registered Community Mental Health Nurse (Specialist Practitioner).
•Grad Dip (with distinction) Community Mental Health, Oxford Brookes Uni’.
•BA (Hons) Community Studies, University of Portsmouth.

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.
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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 athttp://www.wcmt.org.uk/fellows/stories/matthew-wessons-story
• DV security cleared.