Hope Payson

LCSW, LADC and EMDR Consultant 


Addressing Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Addictions with EMDR Therapy

Workshop Goals and Objectives linked to EMDR Phases of Treatment

Through the use of demonstration, case presentation, lecture and video clips, this workshop explores the use of EMDR in the treatment of chemical dependency and other addictive/compulsive behaviors—specifically with clients who are not yet abstinent. This treatment focused workshop teaches you how to stabilize clients and desensitize addiction memory networks without triggering increased substance use or relapse.

This workshop is a two day event that includes practicum time.

  • Phase 1: Learn history and case conceptualization concerns unique to Clients with histories of addictions.
  • Phase 2: Increase your knowledge of stabilization techniques used with persons with addictions. Grow more confidence about your ability to address the needs of non-abstinent Clients.
  • Phase 3-8: Learn how to desensitize the urges, cravings, and feeling states that trigger self-defeating behaviors. Increase your ability to create solid target sequence plans that will help your Clients create lives worth staying abstinent for.

CEU’ s and EMDRIA Credits available

We are happy to work in partnership with agencies and non-profits to bring this training to your community.

Please contact me directly for more information about the training events or to book this training at your location.

Want to attend the two day, 12 credit, EMDR & Addiction Workshop?

Join us for in-person in Des Moines, Iowa or attend virtually

    October 5 & 6, 2023

Follow this link for more information and to register:

Or attend a virtual three day, 12 credit, EMDR & Addiction Workshop

Join us via Zoom for three days of 4 hour segments

    January 19th, 20th and February 3rd, 2024

9:00 -12:00 Central Time 

This event is a totally virtual option, sponsored by EMDR St. Louis, that breaks the event up into three 4 hour segments to decrease “zoom fatigue” – because we know that is real:) 

For a flyer with more information on this event please click the button below. 

To register for this virtual training please click the registration button below. 


Need total freedom in regards to time?  You can find a home study version of this training using the on-demand learning tab.


I also offer Basic EMDR Training.

For information about those training events CLICK HERE

And, the places we have been….


Atlanta, GA–Sponsored by Angie Heath

Stamford, CT –Sponsored by Karen Alter-Reid

Orlando, Florida –Sponsored by Lynda Ruf and Regina Morrow

Hamden, CT –Sponsored by the Women’s Consortium

Westfield, MA –Sponsored by the Carson Center

Asheville, NC –Sponsored by the Mountain Area Health Education Center

Charleston, SC –Sponsored by Roxann Hassett and Dorchester Mental Health Center

Des Moines, Iowa –Sponsored by DM Pastoral Counseling Center, EMDR & Beyond and Powell Chemical Dependency Program

Minneapolis, Minnesota -2016 EMDRIA Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lee’s Summit, MO – Sponsored by Judy Gardner, Susan Thompson and Abundant Life Counseling

Prince George, British Columbia and EMDR Canada Annual Conference 2017

Warwick, RI –Sponsored by Suzanne Borstein

South Bend, Indiana –Sponsored by Crystal Whitlow

St Louis, MO –Sponsored by Laurie Furman and Sheri Rezak-Irons

Litchfield, CT –Sponsored by Greenwoods Counseling Referrals

Milwaukee, WI –Sponsored by Wendy Freitag

Edmond, OK –Sponsored by Angie Ridings

Columbus, OH Program Mount Carmel Health System

Orlando, FL –Sponsored by Windermere Counseling and GOEMDRian.org

Choctaw, MS–Sponsored by Choctaw Behavioral Health

Mcloud, OK–Sponsored by Kickapoo Tribal Health

Brainerd, MN–Sponsored by Northern Pines Mental Health

New Brunswick, NJ– Sponsored by College Recovery

Sterling, VA–Sponsored by Nancy Newport and Tracy Kidd


And the things people have said


“This was a standout training in every way. The concepts were well explained and I feel comfortable immediately implementing the interventions involved. I feel like I have both a practical and conceptual understanding of the treatment Substance Use Disorders with EMDR. I also feel like the training has strengthened my understanding of EMDR treatment in general, and not just in the area of substance use. Hope is a phenomenal trainer. She is engaging, funny, well organized and concise, while also being able to engage deeply with the material and with questions”  Atlanta Training 2022

“This was literally one of the best, if not THE BEST training I have been to in a long time.  Hope, you are truly brilliant! Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you!” Online Webinar 2022

This program was excellent. The content was clearly presented and new information was reinforced with examples , practice and review. Each aspect of the work built upon the understanding of the former concept presented. The availability and quality of the handouts and outline was a plus! I feel empowered to practice in a new way and to explore more learning about the treatment of addictions.  Hope Payson is a wonderful presenter! She is knowledgeable, thoughtful in her responses to questions, and aware of the learners needs  Thank you for a great learning experience!  Online Webinar 2022

“This was one of the best organized and informational trainings I have attended.  I appreciate the practicum and how you laid everything out for us to use in practice immediately.  Thank you Hope-you are inspiring!” -Online Webinar 2020

“Hope is an outstanding communicator thanks to her organized mind and wry sense of humor. Her presentation style is especially natural, and she takes great care to inject variety into the overall two-day structure—moving seamlessly from demonstration, to videos, to guest presenters, etc.—ensuring participants remain engaged throughout. Hope has a real gift for doing this work.”-Online Webinar 2020