Ecotherapy-Informed EMDR: Incorporating Nature in EMDR Therapy

12/11/2021 - 12/11/2021
8:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: zoom webinar; Sponsored S. LA EMDR Regional Network, 3.0 CE clock hours in Diagnosis, zoom presentation

South Louisiana EMDR Regional Network presents…

 Ecotherapy-Informed EMDR: Incorporating Nature in EMDR Therapy


Kathryn Dietzway is the founder AND Clinical Director of The Therapy Garden, a group psychotherapy and wellness practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kathryn acknowledges that her practice is located on lands which are indigenous to the sovereign nation of the Chitimacha Tribe, with current headquarters located in Charenton, Louisiana. Kathryn is an EMDR Certified therapist, a Somatic Ecotherapist, and is level 1 and 2 trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy. She specializes in therapies that empower clients to build safe and conscious connections to their mind and body, to the people in their lives, and to the earth and universe that is their home. To do this, Kathryn pulls primarily from EMDR, Ecotherapy, and Clinical Hypnotherapy in her psychotherapy work. Kathryn co-leads The Therapy Garden’s Ecotherapy program, where EMDR and traditional psychotherapy sessions are held outside in local parks and forests, as well as wellness retreats and trauma-informed yoga classes. Kathryn is passionate about delivering eco-psychotherapy to clients, and also about training clinicians in the field of ecotherapy for personal and professional practice. Kathryn’s undergraduate background is in Sociology and Anthropology and these approaches heavily inform her psychotherapy work. Kathryn holds a master’s degree in social work which was obtained from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Kathryn started her social work career as a Medical Case Manager at CrescentCare in New Orleans, and has since worked as a school social worker and inpatient psychiatric therapist, until making the full transition into private practice in 2019.


Who Should Attend:

Clinical social workers and professional counselors who have completed EMDR Therapy Basic Trainings, Part 1 (completion of consultation is NOT required).


3 CEUs for professional counselors and social workers have been approved by EMDRIA, the La. Counseling Association and Carol Miles, MSW, LCSW, LLC, A CEU provider approved by LABSWE.


Attendees must have completed an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Therapy Basic Training in order to receive EMDRIA Credits.


Certificates of attendance will be available through Canvas Instructure once Program Evaluations and Program Quiz have been completed on .  Program evaluations must be completed December 11th.  Participants have until December 18, 2021 to complete the quiz with 80% correct.


Date, time & location:  December 11, 2021   Virtual Live Presentation on Zoom  8:45am – 12:15pm

Led by Regional Co-Coordinator(s):  Charlene Spears & Carol Miles

Fee charged:  Workshop FEE: $0; CEU Fee:  Professional $15; EMDRIA: $15; Professional & EMDRIA: $25


Program Description:

In this presentation, I focus primarily on how an Ecotherapy-informed lens complements the EMDR standard protocol in phases 1, 2 and beyond. In phases 1-2, EMDR focuses on history taking and preparation. During phase 1, an ecotherapy-informed lens takes into account the client’s relationship not only to other humans, but to the land they have been raised on, considering environmental and ecological traumas such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and intergenerational racial and cultural traumas. Additionally, an Ecotherapy-informed lens considers favorite memories in nature throughout clients’ lives, which can then be utilized for preparation, resource development and stabilization during phase 4. During EMDR phase 2, preparation, an ecotherapy-informed lens incorporates nature imagery and nature interaction as a central feature for promoting nervous system regulation and window of tolerance development. For clients who display being clinically appropriate for an outdoor setting, the calm place resource can be enhanced by holding sessions outside, making access and effectiveness of future clam place use more pronounced not only during phase 2, but also during phase 4 for stabilization and support. In summary, participants of this presentation will gain a foundational understanding of the field of ecotherapy along with information about how and why it can become a useful adjunct to the standard protocol of EMDR Therapy.


To ask questions, email: Charlene Spears at

Approved for 3.0 CE clock hours in Diagnosis; no NBCC credits are available for this program.


The registration form below must be completed in full and returned to



Name:              ___________                                          Professional License and Number: ________________


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If you want CEUs, please check which applies to you below as this information is necessary for the certificate of attendance.  


_____ Professional CEU     Circle one:   PLPC               LPC             LMSW                  LCSW

_____ EMDRIA

_____ EMDRIA & Professional:    Circle one:   PLPC                LPC             LMSW                  LCSW

_____ Emailed letter from clinical supervisor if currently under supervision

_____ Attached Certificate of Completion for EMDRIA Approved EMDR Therapy Basic Training


Please submit payment for CEUs by check made out to CASH.  Mail to:  Charlene B Spears 714 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd., Suite D3  Lafayette, LA 70508

Virtual payments are NOT available on any platform.


Be sure to submit your Certificate of completion of Basic EMDR Training to receive EMDRIA Approved CEUs.

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