April Steele MSc BCATRI am an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant providing consultation for psychotherapists trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). After 20 years of working with clients with histories of trauma, neglect, and abuse, and with attachment issues, I have retired from client work. It has been an honour to accompany these clients on part of their healing journeys.

EMDR has been central to my work since 1998 because of its incredible effectiveness in moving disturbing memories into the past. The attachment-based approach I have created, Developing a Secure Self/Imaginal Nurturing, directly addresses early deficits that can lead to low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, problems in relationships, and a myriad of other problems. These two approaches have been at the heart of my work for over a decade. There is information on this site for individuals interested in Imaginal Nurturing CDs and for therapists seeking consultation and/or distance training, as well as information related to attachment, my book on attachment-based therapy, and links to other resources.

Consultation for therapists

One of the wonderful things about how "small" the world has become is that you are not restricted by geography in choosing a consultant. If you are wanting to become more adept with EMDR, work towards EMDRIA certification, and/or deepen your ability to work with ego states and attachment, please do check out my page on consultation. One consultee writes:

As I learn more from you, I realize how I was doing EMDR without really knowing what I was after. It's been a wonderful learning process.

Distance Training in Developing a Secure Self

The distance training program, Imaginal Nurturing, Ego States, and Attachment: An Integrated Approach to Early Deficits, is now available for therapists and provides 13 credit hours for EMDRIA. Details are available on the "Training" page.

Here are some comments from therapists who have taken this training program:

~ I love this kind, gentle, mindful and nurturing way of helping people heal. It is (relatively) simple, flexible and capable of elaboration and variation by the therapist. Something like jazz.

~ I encourage every therapist to take this course. Thank you, April. You have taught me many invaluable skills and knowledge which can only greatly benefit my clients.... Thank you for your grace and genius.

~ Thank you for the wonderful training. I've been using I-N for the past week and a half, and have had incredible results. My clients are reporting feeling profoundly touched and changed by the experience. In a couple of cases, some things have happened that can only be described as miraculous. Thanks for putting this training together so that those of us who live far from you can bring the help and relief to our clients.

I think distance training makes a lot of sense. It gives you much more flexibility since you can fit it into your schedule as you see fit, and it is more economical too. You can also review the material whenever you like.

I will not be giving any more in-person trainings.

Imaginal Nurturing CDs

I received a lovely note recently from a woman who used these CDs:

"I just wanted to let you know how much I love your guided imagery CDs. I've been going for EMDR therapy for several months and it's been an incredibly healing experience. But while I have been able to heal my childhood traumas, I was left with a very young part of myself who felt extremely lonely and needy. Nothing I have ever done on my own or in therapy was able to touch that part of me. But while listening to your CDs, especially 'I'm So Glad You're Here!' (Feeding the Infant), I found imagining myself as the infant really helped. After doing that several times I realized those feelings of loneliness and neediness were gone!

So thank you so much. You have changed my life."

~ (shared with permission)

Check out the CD page for information and ordering.

Thich Nhat Hanh and Imaginal Nurturing

I often suggested my clients check out exiled Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, who has devoted his life to world peace (he was nominated by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace prize of 1967) and to making Buddhist practices such as mindfulness accessible and relevant to people throughout the world in the 20th and 21st centuries. Because he is such a beautiful embodiment of calm, he has much to offer our society in which anxiety has become a serious widespread problem. (Mindfulness has become increasingly acknowledged as significant in treating anxiety problems.)

Thich Nhat Hanh has published many books all of which are very down to earth - Peace is Every Breath is one of my favourites. If you are looking for his work at a library, look under Nhat Hanh rather than Hanh. I have long admired his psychological insight but was surprised in his book Reconciliation to read material that is totally in keeping with Imaginal Nurturing:

The five-year-old child within needs a lot of compassion and attention. It would be nice if every day we would find a few minutes to sit down and practice this meditation [Breathing in , I see myself as a five-year-old child. Breathing out, I smile with compassion to the five-year-old child in me]. It would be very healing and very comforting, because the five-year-old child in us is still alive and needs to be taken care of. With acknowledgement and communication, we can see that child responding to us and she or he begins feeling better. If she feels better, we feel better also and we start to feel great freedom. [p. 66]

You may also wish to check out this remarkable man online.


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Last updated November 13, 2015.