Meet Deany Laliotis

Meet Deany Laliotis

Meet Deany Laliotis, Founder of The Center

I’m Deany Laliotis and I am passionate about the power of EMDR therapy to transform lives. Since 1993, I have had the privilege of working very closely with Dr. Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR, I was the Director of Training for the EMDR Institute, the training program developed by Dr. Shapiro that trained clinicians all over the world. My husband, Dan Merlis was also on the teaching faculty of the EMDR Institute. We have trained thousands of EMDR therapists over the years and now run a Center for EMDR therapy training, headquartered in Washington DC.

My Training Mission is Your Growth and Success

I travel all over the US and abroad, teaching therapists how to apply EMDR therapy as a comprehensive relational psychotherapy. I focus on the treatment of complex trauma, healing wounds of attachment and other challenging presentations.

After training with me, therapists experience how EMDR Therapy accelerates healing for their clients and creates lasting change in their lives.

I also train therapists to use EMDR Therapy to streamline the resolution of everyday issues related to relationships, substance abuse, depression and anxiety. In all of my trainings, I actively promote personal growth as well as professional development.

Learn more about Deany Laliotis’ experiences training around the world

Consider the Full Healing Potential of EMDR

For some clinicians, EMDR is an intervention or a tool—a one-size-fits-all protocol. On the one hand, it’s true that the standard procedures as taught in most EMDR basic trainings are effective for many clients. We have learned, on the other hand, that working with complex developmental trauma, requires a more comprehensive and integrative approach. The same applies to working with addictions, mood disorders and relationship problems as well as personality and dissociative disorders,

Deany Laliotis on the value of going beyond the protocols

Trainees Asked. Deany Laliotis Answered.

Now, over the years, my trainees have told me that they could not find a training program that adequately prepared them for treating more complex and challenging clinical presentations. Nor could they find other trainings that viewed EMDR as a comprehensive therapy for the broad range of common issues clients bring into their practices every day. After training with me, therapists experienced how EMDR Therapy accelerated healing for their clients and created lasting change in their lives. They saw how EMDR therapy was compatible with other approaches—cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, somatic, and relational. And they wanted more training that could help them grow into full EMDR Mastery.

Introducing the Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy Training

It was their enthusiasm for my approach and their expressed desire for a path to professional and personal development that inspired me to establish a new center for EMDR therapy training and certification. The Center offers a complete continuum of EMDR trainings—from EMDRIA-approved basic to a variety of advanced and specialty trainings and finally to EMDR Master-level courses and retreats.

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Deany Laliotis shares examples from clinical practice to illustrate the challenges of working with trauma through teletherapy…

The best training I’ve attended in my 14 years with EMDR! I had huge insights into my clinical work as well as my own self.