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.

An IN PERSON two day training in Atlanta, GA on Oct 21st & 22nd, 2022 

This is a two day event:  9:00 – 4:30 East Coast Standard Time

Looking for an in person training option?  Come hang out with us in Atlanta, where we have some fun, learn together… and you will be our guest for                  lunch both days:)

This is a 12 credit advanced training event. Register for this training event by clicking the button below.

And, the places we have been….

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 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

“I have been to many trainings and workshops for EMDR Clinicians and this was by far the best. Well prepared and I can use what I learned right away.” – New Jersey 2019

“Both Hope and Kate were willing to teach, not just from their successes, but from their mistakes/missteps. This willingness to demonstrate expertise and vulnerability is such a powerful combo and tends, in the modeling, to infuse more clinical and personal confidence in the learner.” -DC 2019

“The presenters were so engaging and clearly passionate about their work. I learned so much! Excellent handouts. Thank you! One of the best presentations of the conference” – Minneapolis, National EMDRIA Conference 2016

“Your work is inspiring. It really helps me feel more confident in creating a treatment plan in collaboration with my clients.” – EMDR Canada Conference, Banff 2017