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.




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.


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.


Dr Wendy Frappell-Cooke


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.

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 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.  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


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.
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.