Creating a Tapestry – Weaving Together EMDR and CAT ~ 26 April 2024

Forthcoming CPD Event

A one day workshop led by Mark Walker and Alison Jenaway

Event Hashtag #CATEMDR24

Date: Friday 26th April 2024
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS
Fees:  ACAT member :: £125.00
non-ACAT member :: £140.00

(You or your employer can request an invoice and this incurs an additional £15 charge)

The event fee includes lunch and refreshments, and all attendees will receive an attendance certificate for their CPD records.

Overview of workshop:

During this experiential day we aim to explore the integration of CAT and EMDR, drawing on various strands of theory and practice. We share our own ways of working with EMDR within a “CAT envelope”. We consider how CAT and EMDR can complement each other when working with complexity. Additionally, we reflect on how different reciprocal roles may emerge in the therapeutic relationship as we move between different ways of working.

As this CPD day is for those practising both models, we invite participants to share their own expertise with each other, regarding the pros and pitfalls of integration.

This day provides an opportunity to hear about these two experienced facilitators’ ways of integrating EMDR with CAT, with plenty of opportunity for experiential exercises to illustrate aspects of integration.

Aims and learning outcomes:

Via role plays and sharing, the workshop aims to help participants develop their confidence in using EMDR with CAT. The emphasis is on integrating the two approaches, rather than doing two therapies consecutively. This in turn aims to support more efficient use of session time, alongside attending to both technique and process. In particular the day explores the ‘how to’ in terms of:

  • introducing ideas from EMDR early on in the reformulation phase
  • creating safety and the use of positive resources
  • managing hyper and hypo arousal
  • selecting targets to work on
  • using the CAT diagram for reflection throughout the work, and
  • attending to reciprocal roles in the therapeutic relationship as different ways of working are introduced

Who is it for?

This event is relevant for therapists qualified in cognitive analytic therapy, having completed at least one level of EMDR training, and practising both models in their work.

Feedback from the first run of this event

Rich discussions about integrating EMDR and CAT – having recently trained in EMDR, I really valued a chance to think more relationally with other CAT therapists. It was useful to talk through clinical dilemmas in processing work and to think more about bringing neurobiology-informed approach into CAT more.

I enjoyed this training so much and learnt a huge amount. I have been struggling with how to integrate EMDR into my CAT practice for several years. This training gave me a very clear idea of how I can now start to do this. I have clear ideas of changes I will make to my practice immediately. I was able to think about the next steps for a lot of the clients I currently have on my caseload. I found it particularly helpful that Alison leans more to CAT and Mark more to EMDR, as that gave different but not competing ideas as to how to integrate the two models. I also found the focus on early resourcing very helpful, which I will aim to do more of with almost all of my clients from now on.”


Mark J Walker: I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) therapist, trainer and senior supervisor and an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant. Over 33 years in practice I have gained a wide range of experience having worked in therapeutic communities, out-patient and secondary care psychotherapy services, CMHTs and private hospitals as a clinician and service manager.

I currently work part time in the NHS and partly in private practice, contributing to CAT and EMDR trainings across the UK. I offer private consultations, clinical supervision, training and therapy to individuals, groups and corporate organisations.

My interest in ‘integration’ and specifically bringing the body and spirituality into my work furthers my interest in current developments in neuroscience disciplines and body based therapies becoming more mainstream eg Yoga, Taichi, and Qigong.

Alison Jenaway: I am a CAT practitioner and supervisor and a past Chair of ACAT.  I recently semi-retired from working as a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy in the NHS. I used CAT initially with young people and their parents, and more recently with people with physical health problems within a liaison psychiatry service.  On a voluntary basis, I still work for the NHS one day a week providing CAT supervision and reflective practice sessions for staff.  

I frequently use Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) within my CAT work. Alongside a small private practice, I am currently half way through the IRRAPT CAT psychotherapy training.


Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS

Holyoake House is a few minutes walk from Victoria Rail Stations and also close to Shudehill Tram Interchange.

Group Size

Places are limited to a maximum of twenty-five participants.  

Booking Information

We advise early booking to secure your place.  Once fully subscribed a further waiting list will be in place.

For online booking, follow the link below. When you pay online, you will automatically receive a receipt. You can also request a receipt from the Catalyse administrator.

If you require invoicing, there is an additional charge of £15.00. Please contact the administrator to inform us that you intend to book.  You may download the booking form by scrolling to the end of this page.

Terms and Conditions

Before proceeding to book and pay for this event, please ensure you read and understand our terms and conditions.