emdr consultation

Do you want to become an EMDRIA Certified Clinician?

Do you need 10 hours of consultation to complete your
Part I and II Institute for Creative Mindfulness foundational training requirement? Or do you just want more information and support when doing EMDR work?

I am a Certified EMDR Therapist, Consultant and Trainer through EMDRIA. I specialize in complex trauma, PTSD, abuse, women and children/adolescent issues, drug & alcohol issues, co-occurring disorders, Military/Veteran/Law Enforcement/First Responders and their families, LGBTQIA+ issues, and severe mental illness populations.

EMDRIA requires 10 hours of consultation by an Approved Consultant in EMDR as part of the foundational training process.

EMDRIA requires 20 hours of consultation by an Approved Consultant in EMDR as part of the certification process.

Functions of Consultation (According to EMDRIA Training Standards)

•Use of EMDR therapy within a structured treatment plan 

•Application of the standard EMDR Therapy procedural steps 

•Case conceptualization and target selection 

•Client readiness including inclusion, exclusion, and cautionary criteria for EMDR therapy 

•Client safety and effective outcomes using the standard EMDR Therapy procedural steps 

•Integration of EMDR Therapy into therapist’s existing clinical setting 

•Specific application of skills

•Consultation is about real cases and not experiences that occur in practicum

For more information on becoming an EMDRIA Certified Therapist or Consultant visit the EMDRIA Website.



Individual sessions are available in person, phone or video conferencing (Skype, Facetime, Zoom) and are individually arranged.


Availability for individual consultations are Mondays until 1pm EST, Wednesdays until 7pm Est and Fridays until 5pm EST. Saturdays and Sundays may also be arranged.


Individual consultation - $80.00 per hour




Groups are normally held on Saturday mornings and afternoons and the second Wednesday of every month 11am-1pm. All groups eastern time zone.

Groups are held at:
Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc.

(mixed media – in person and tele/videoconferencing)
2996 St. Rt. 5 (Elm Rd), Suite B; Cortland, Ohio 44410


$50.00 for the 2 hour group (per person)



Consultation Under Consultation

Do you want to become an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant? I also provide individual and group consultation to Certified EMDR Therapists wanting to become Approved Consultants.

Contact me to learn more about becoming a CIT (Consultant-In-Training).

Current Consultant Trainees

In pursuing EMDRIA Certification, you are able to complete 15 of your 20 hours with a Consultant-In-Training. In the Institute for Creative Mindfulness training model, you are allowed to complete all 10 of your basic training consultation hours with an ICM Consultant-In-Training.


Below is a list of Consultants-In-Training working with Amber. You can contact them directly to schedule your consultation.


Renée Pitts, MSEd, LPCC, CDCA has earned a Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Youngstown State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant. Renée is a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She is also an EMDR Consultant and assists in teaching EMDR Therapy Part I and Part II trainings. She has worked in mental health treatment providing therapy as a residential and outpatient counselor. Her distinctive background includes the study of meditation techniques for over 20 years under several teachers in the United States. She has also traveled to India, Nepal, and Tibet to study ancient traditions of meditation. With a strong understanding of western science, combined with her practice in mind/body experiences and meditative techniques, Renée blends these as modalities into her counseling practice. She is also able to share a practical understanding of applying mindfulness and meditation to bring about a greater level of wellness and health into the lives of her clients. Renée provides instruction at a monthly meditation group she holds at Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. The focus of her clinical work utilizes EMDR Therapy, as well as mindfulness and meditation, and she specializes in trauma, substance abuse and addiction, spirituality and religious values, and wellness.


$50/hour for individual consultation                

$40/hour for group consultation

Contact:  renee@bluestarfamilycounseling.com

Website:  bluestarfamilycounseling.com

Renée's Group 

Dates & Times

Please email Renée to request a spot.

 Wednesday, July 15, 2020

 3:00pm to 5:00pm EST

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

 3:00pm to 5:00pm EST

Dru's Group 

Dates & Times

Please email Dru to request a spot .

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
6:00pm-8:00pm EST
*Autism Spectrum Disorder Focused Group

August 26, 2020
6:00pm-8:00pm EST
*Autism Spectrum Disorder Focused Group

dru perren

Dru Perren is a Licensed Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S), Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA),Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst, Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant-in-Training. She graduated from Ursuline College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science, and Youngstown State University in 2012 with a Master’s of Science in Education with emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Dru specializes in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families. Dru has been working with individuals with Autism since 2009 and has researched and presented on the topic at the local, state, and national level. Dru blends behavior analytic strategies along with the EMDR protocol to help each client improve their level of functioning.

Dru has experience working with children, adolescence and adults that suffer from anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, stress management, or have experienced trauma. Dru also has experience working with members of the military, veterans, law enforcement, and first responders. Dru is a member of her local county’s Critical Incident Stress Management Response Team, where she can assist in debriefing professionals that have been subjected to a potentially traumatic event within the community. 


$40/hour for individual consultation                

$40/two-hour group consultation

Contact:  Dru@bluestarfamilycounseling.com


Leah Fogt, MSW, LISW-S, CTP is an EMDRIA-Certified Therapist and a Consultant-in-Training working with Amber Stiles-Bodnar toward approved consultant status. She works in private practice in West Chester, Ohio, primarily serving adults and adolescents. She has experience working in community mental health, crisis intervention, and school-based counseling. Additionally, Leah is a Certified Trauma Practitioner with The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. As an avid yoga practitioner, Leah is passionate about helping clients build effective resources as an integral part of EMDR with an emphasis on Mindfulness practices. Leah also values use of Resource Development and Installation (RDI) in building resources and supporting stabilization.


$40/hour for individual consultation; 

$20/one hour group consultation
$25/two hour group consultation.

Contact:  Leah.fogt.lisw@gmail.com 
Website:  www.leahfogtcounseling.com

Leah's Group 

Dates & Times

Please email Leah to request a spot. 

Leah is currently on maternity leave. Please check back soon for group dates. 

Verna Glassing

Verna Glassing, MS, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Montana.  She has been licensed since 1996 and has practiced in various settings from psychiatric in-patient care to Therapeutic Group Home care.  She has been in Private practice since 2013.  Verna is a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She is also an EMDR Consultant in Training (working under Amber Stiles-Bodnar).  Verna has used integrative therapies including; psycho-education; wellness; art; drama; yoga and mindfulness practices to improve ones, mind, body and spirit on the healing journey.  She is also serves as the Clinical Coordinator and Training Coordinator of the Yellowstone County, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team to assist first responders dealing with traumatic workplace exposure.


$50/hour for individual consultation; 

$25/hour group consultation

Contact:  vglassing@gmail.com

Verna's Group 

Dates & Times



Dr. Noelle Chappelle is a LIMFT-S, LPC and AAMFT Supervisor Candidate licensed in the state of Ohio. She has earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision - Marriage and Family Therapy Track. She is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Consultant in Training (under Amber Stiles-Bodner) and completed her basic training through the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. She currently owns Ascension Counseling & Therapy Services in Beachwood, Ohio where she practices full-time. She enjoys teaching others about EMDR Therapy and particularly enjoys incorporating culturally sensitive and systems-oriented thinking into EMDR Therapy. Her EMDR Therapy specialty areas include working with: children and their families who have experienced divorce/break-ups and other identified traumas, couples where one or both partners have experienced developmental or acute trauma, groups of people who have experienced a shared trauma, and incorporating art and sand tray Therapy interventions and attachment and mindfulness-based resources into treatment. She is particularly interested in increasing the availability of treatment utilizing EMDR Therapy to underserved populations. 


$50/hour for individual consultation

$25/ 2 hour group consultation

Contact:  noelle@ascensioncounseling.com

Website: www.ascensioncounseling.com

Please check back for Noelle's Group 

Dates & Times

chris vavro

Chris Vavro is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) with Master's degrees in both Cognitive psychology and social work.  Chris is a Certified EMDR Therapist through EMDRIA and Consultant in Training, working under Amber Stiles-Bodner. Chris has worked in residential and outpatient settings with dually diagnosed adults, and specializes in PTSD/c-PTSD, including co-occurring substance and behavioral addictions.  She incorporates Somatic Psychology in her resourcing work, and utlilizes EMDR extensively with her clients. Chris has begun offering canine support to clients who desire it, and is partnering with another professional to develop equine therapy offerings. She currently works at a community mental health agency as well as developing her private practice.  Chris is passionate about sharing her knowledge and looks forward to developing and delivering EMDR training courses.  


$40/hour for individual consultation; 

$20/hour group consultation

Contact:  cavavro@gmail.com

 Nikki's Group

Dates & Times

Monday, July 13, 2020

5:00pm-6:00pm CST

Monday, July 20, 2020

5:00pm-6:00pm CST

Monday, July 27, 2020

5:00pm-6:00pm CST

Nikki Gordon

Nikki is an experienced EMDR trauma therapist, specializing throughout her career in working with victims and survivors of interpersonal violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Her approach to therapy is to work collaboratively with clients, empowering them to decide for themselves what the healing process looks like. With a keen awareness that there is no hierarchy of pain, Nikki maintains a trauma focused space, and approaches each client with dignity and respect. Her experience includes collaborating with legal and medical professionals to assist victims in all aspects of their trauma. Nikki holds a masters degree in community psychology and has a post-masters certificate in trauma informed care through UW-Milwaukee. She is also an EMDRIA certified therapist, and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Group consultation: $20/hour per person

Individual Consultation: $40 per hour 


Contact Nikki: nikkigordon@therapyemail.com

Eryn Skye Phelps

Eryn is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington. She believes in the profound healing abilities of nature as well as feeling understood, rather than judged. She is an Internal Family Systems therapist and certified in EMDR by EMDRIA. She uses these modalities to help individuals recognize their inherent strength and value and release burdensome memories and beliefs. Eryn has lived and worked across the country from Alaska to New England at residential treatment centers, wilderness therapy programs, summer camps, public and private schools, and community health centers. She earned a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, and a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. She spends much of her time outside with her dog Anchor, who helps keep her grounded. While Anchor is not a certified therapy dog, he is pretty good at listening. 

Eryn first became a licensed counselor under the supervision of Will White, co-founder of Summit Achievement in Stow, Maine. She continues to study EMDR under Amber Stiles-Bodnar and Jamie Marich of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness.  She completed Level One Internal Family Systems training in Ericeira, Portugal under Susan McConnell and Osnat Arbel.


$40/hour for individual consultation; 

$20/hour group consultation

Contact Eryn - erynskyephelps@gmail.com

 Jennifer's Group

Dates & Times



Valerie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California, a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) in New York and a certified EMDR clinician with over 13 years of specialized experience in treating trauma, anxiety and stress-related issues. 

Valerie received her MA in art therapy from New York University, and her BA from Yale University. She also obtained post-graduate training from the International Trauma Studies Program, as well as the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Aside from helping clients in her private practice in Los Angeles, Valerie's experience working with trauma-affected children and adults ranges from providing individual and group art therapy to women and children in crisis at domestic violence shelters to HIV-affected genocide survivors in Rwanda. She was previously on staff at an acute psychiatric care facility where she facilitated therapeutic groups for patients with severe depression, schizophrenia, multiple suicide attempts, dual diagnosis and complex trauma histories.  


Valerie's passion is to help those affected by traumatic experiences find healing, freedom and restoration through the use of creative arts and holistic supportive therapy.


$50/hour for individual consultation; 

$30/hour group consultation

Contact: valeriewchu@gmail.com

 Abby's Group

Dates & Times

To request a spot, email Abby

Friday, July 24, 2020

11am-1pm EST

Friday, August 21, 2020

11am-1pm EST

Friday, September 18, 2020

11am-1pm EST

This consultation is for those in working toward EMDRIA certification and for those who are being trained in EMDR Therapy in Norfolk, VA on 6/5/20-6/7/20 (Part 1) and 9/25/20-9/27/20 (Part 2).

 Eryn's Group

Dates & Times

Dates will be added soon.

Jennifer Snow

Jennifer Snow is a licensed practicing therapist in the State of PA. Jennifer obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Studies from Messiah College in 2002 and a Masters of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University in 2009. She works full time at The Cognitive Behavioral Institute in Cranberry Township, PA, offering outpatient mental health therapy for a variety of mental health disorders, but specializing in providing therapy for individuals with a history of trauma. Some of these disorders she has treated include PTSD and other trauma related disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders and Adjustment Disorders. She also has a background of working with dual diagnosis patients in an inpatient drug and alcohol setting. She is a certified in EMDR therapy through EMDRIA, and is an EMDRIA Consultant in Training under Amber Stiles-Bodnar. She also has background and training in the utilizing DBT, CBT and mindfulness based techniques.


$50 for Individual Consultation

$20 for group consultation with 3 or more people

In Person or Virtual Consultation Available

Contact: jennifersnow.cbi@gmail.com



Abigail Morgan obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Radford University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her basic training for EMDR in 2014 and
became EMDRIA certified in 2019.

Abby is also an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Wesleyan University in the Social Work Department. In 2019, she opened Sea Level Counseling and Wellness in Norfolk, VA. This is a group practice with a collaborative-based treatment approach that includes trauma-informed Mental Health Therapists, a Nurse Practitioner, and a Registered Dietitian. Abby uses EMDR and mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in healing their trauma.

Abby’s areas of specialty are working with PTSD, women’s issues, attachment struggles connected to intimate relationship difficulties; codependency, postpartum depression and anxiety, and phase of life transitions that are impacted by past trauma. Abby is an LGBTQ-ally and is connected with the Headstrong Program assisting active duty service members and veterans with trauma therapy. EMDR therapy has been transformative to Abby’s practice.

Her future goals of being an EMDRIA-certified Consultant are to assist area clinicians meet their own EMDR goals and to broaden the education and usage of EMDR in therapy settings.


$50/hour for individual consultation; 

$40/hour group consultation

Contact: abbylcsw@sealevelcw.com



Amber provides supervision to Counselor Trainees and Licensed Professional Counselors in the State of Ohio working towards independent licensure.

She also provides mentorship to those in the helping professions providing guidance and instruction to improve clinical mastery.

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