Welcome EMDR therapy trainees! As part of your training negotiated with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness/Amber Stiles-Bodnar Consulting with your agency provider, your required 10 hours of supplementary consultation is included. 
Here is the schedule for consultation with a link to RSVP for groups. You MUST RSVP in advance to attend a group as the number of participants per group is limited. The group consultant will email you back to confirm with their teleconference call-in information. Thank you for your cooperation. 

This is a private link that doesn't link from the main site so  trainees of employers who have prepaid for consultation will need access to this page to sign up for consultation. You must use these consultants. If you choose to use other consultants with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness the cost is on your own. 

Please be sure to pay attention to the time zone the group is in as we have consultants across the country.



A 48 hour notice for group consultation is required for cancellations. Late cancellations/no shows will be charged full rate at the trainees expense. Any exceptions for emergency situations will be individually evaluated. 

Amber Stiles-Bodnar, MSEd, LPCC-S, LCDC III

Amber Stiles-Bodnar, MSEd, LPCC-S, LCDC III, is a Licensed Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC III) in the state of Ohio specializing in PTSD, issues related to abuse and trauma, addiction treatment (chemical and behavioral), co-occurring disorders, issues specific to military, law enforcement, first responders and their families, LGBTQ and women and children’s issues. She earned a Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from Youngstown State University and is a contributing faculty instructor at her alma mater in both the College of Education, Department of Counseling and Special Education and the College of Health and Human Services in the Social Work Department providing course and class instruction to graduate level students related to clinical mental health counseling.

Amber has worked in mental health and chemical dependency treatment providing therapy as a residential, outpatient and dual diagnosis counselor. She is the Clinical Director of Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc., a non-profit comprehensive trauma counseling agency in Cortland, Ohio which specializes in the treatment of military personnel, first responders, law enforcement and their family members. Her distinctive background includes 12 years of law enforcement experience allowing her a unique insight when helping those in specialized occupations such as police, fire, EMS and the armed forces. Amber is a member of her local county’s Critical Incident Stress Management Response Team, where she assists in debriefing law enforcement, police, fire, EMS and 911 Dispatch personal after they have been subjected to a potentially traumatic event within the community. She is a volunteer on her county mental health and recovery board’s Trauma Steering Committee, an initiative to create change and ensure trauma informed care and treatment within community mental health and countywide services.

Amber works at Homes For Kids, Inc. as a trauma expert, assisting with special projects, program development, and integrating trauma informed care standards throughout the agency. As the former Supervisor of Foster Care, she has extensive experience treating and overseeing the treatment of children and families.

Amber is a Certified Master EMDR Therapist, Trainer and Approved Consultant through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She is also a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association and volunteers for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). Amber is a Senior Faculty Trainer with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness where she provides EMDR Therapy basic trainings and EMDR advanced topics courses. She also provides clinical supervision to counselors and mentorship to those in the helping professions providing guidance and instruction to improve their clinical mastery. She provides individual and group consultation for EMDR therapists working on developing their expertise within the EMDR field.

Amber has dedicated herself to improving the lives of those faced with trauma and hardships which is evidenced in her clinical work with adults, children and families. She provides numerous trainings focusing on trauma, addiction, mindfulness, and crisis intervention. Her trainings provide an emphasis on the effects of trauma and the treatment needs of individuals, including children, military and other specialized occupations such as police, fire and EMS at the local, state and national level.

To request group consultation with Amber, click here.

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Amber's Group Dates & Times

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
11:00am-1:00pm EST

Saturday, July 24, 2021
9:00am-11:00am EST

Saturday, July 24, 2021
1:00pm-3:00pm EST

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
11:00am-1:00pm EST

Saturday, August 7, 2021
9:00am-11:00am EST

Saturday, August 7, 2021
1:00pm-3:00pm EST


Wednesday, August 18, 2021
11:00am-1:00pm EST

Saturday, August 28, 2021
9:00am-11:00am EST

Saturday, August 28, 2021
1:00pm-3:00pm EST


Wednesday, September 1, 2021
11:00am-1:00pm EST


Wednesday, September 22, 2021
11:00am-1:00pm EST

Saturday, September 25, 2021
9:00am-11:00am EST

Saturday, September 25, 2021
1:00pm-3:00pm EST

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Renée's Group Dates & Times

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

3:00pm to 5:00pm EST 

Renée Pitts, MSEd, LPCC, CDCA

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.

To request group consultation with Renée, email her by clicking here.

Dru Perren, MSEd., LPCC-S, BCBA, COBA 

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 experience working with children, adolescence and adults that suffer from anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, or have experienced trauma. Outside of Blue Star, Dru also practices as a Behavior Analyst doing in home Applied Behavior Analysis with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and others with significant behavioral problems. Dru blends behavior analytic strategies along with the EMDR protocol to help each client improve their level of functioning.

To schedule group consultation with Dru, email her by clicking here.


Dru's Group Dates & Times

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 

5:00pm-7:00pm EST

*general focus and additional focus on children and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Beth Shapiro, PhD, MSSA, LISW-S

Beth Shapiro, PhD, MSSA, LISW-S practices as a Clinical Social Worker and has her PhD in clinical psychology. She is an EMDR Certified Therapist and a Consultant-in-Training (working with Amber Stiles-Bodnar). Beth also holds certificates in End-of-Life Care from Smith College, and Compassionate Bereavement Care from the MISS Foundation. She has a private practice located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Beth works with individuals (primarily adults), couples, and families. Her specialties include trauma and trauma-informed care, cPTSD/PTSD, grief/loss, issues impacting the lives of people in the LGBTQ+ community, family systems/relationship dynamics, and aging. Beth has extensive experience working within healthcare, mental health, and hospice environments, and has a strong understanding of medical and ethical issues that can be encountered in these settings. Beth also has a special interest in the therapeutic nature of the human-animal bond. In addition to EMDR case consultation, Beth also provides Training Supervision for LSWs working toward independent licensure, and peer supervision. She serves as adjunct faculty at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, teaching direct practice topics. Her humanistic and strengths-based perspective fits well with her clinical work, and her teaching on the local and national levels about trauma/trauma-informed care, cPTSD, ethical issues, and LGBTQ+-informed practice.

To request group consultation with Beth, click here.

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Beth's Group Dates & Times

Please check back for group dates.

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Shannon's Group Dates & Times

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

12:00pm-2:00pm EST

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

12:00pm-2:00pm EST

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

12:00pm-2:00pm EST

Shannon Limerick-Gnas, MA

Shannon Limerick-Gnas, MA, is a Licensed Psychologist in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.    She has been licensed since 1988 and has practiced over 30 years in various settings to include a psychiatric inpatient unit, Partial Hospital Program,  Community Mental Health Center, and Private Practice.  She has a small private practice in Beaver PA, specializing in EMDR psychotherapy with individuals across the lifespan.  Shannon is an EMDRIA approved Consultant and uses the lens of EMDR to conceptualize therapy focus, goals, themes, and treatment with somatic blend while incorporating mindfulness, art, creative arts, breath work, drumming, imagery and other creative aspects to craft an individual treatment experience with her clients. She specializes in trauma, dissociation and ego state work, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. Shannon also contracts as an Independent Prescriber of Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services and Family Based Services in Mercer County, PA, supervising evaluations of three masters level clinicians.

To schedule group consultation with Shannon, email her by clicking here.

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.

To schedule group consultation with Nikki, email her by clicking here.

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Nikki's Group Dates & Times

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Abby's Group Dates & Times

Abby is only available for those who are completing their 10 hours of consultation for basic training who  took their Part l or Part ll at Sea Level Counseling and Wellness in Norfolk, VA in 2020.

Abigail Morgan

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.

To schedule group consultation with Abby, email her by clicking here.

Leah Fogt

Leah Fogt, MSW, LISW-S, CTP is an EMDRIA-Certified Therapist and an Approved Consultant 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.

To schedule group consultation with Leah, email her by clicking here.

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Leah's Group Dates & Times


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

12:00pm-2:00pm EST

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

12:00pm-2:00pm EST

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

12:00pm-2:00pm EST