About The Instructor
Vivian Kulaga, PhD
Vivian Kulaga is an expert in the neuroscience behind the mind and body connection, the treatment of psychological trauma using EMDR therapy, and holistic approaches to healing from complex physical and mental illnesses. She is also the host of the medical podcast series Coffee with Scientists, where she regularly interviews the world's top scientific minds. With over 14 years of academic and professional experience in medical science and wellness, and over 11 years of personal experience of surviving and recovering from chronic pain, complex illness, and psychological trauma, Vivian is expertly equipped to instruct individuals in EMDR based self-healing techniques. Listen to past participants to learn more (refer to videos).
Vivian has an academic background in neuroscience, a PhD in medical science and toxicology, professional training in natural and scientifically sound mind and body therapies such as EMDR therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mediation and Mindfulness, and Yoga. To read more about Vivian's personal story or to watch her personal story visit our sister site or YouTube channel.
Education, Certifications, Memberships, Special Trainings and Courses
How EMDR Works
The Course Outline
EMDR for Self-Healing: The Comprehensive Course
When I was going through my own healing journey, there were times that the time between the EMDR sessions with my therapist seemed too long. I couldn't afford to do sessions more frequently, and even though I got so much benefit from each session, there were times when my suffering between sessions seemed unbearable. I needed a lot of help at times and I couldn't seem to wait for my next session. I wanted to get out of that dark place faster. I wanted to be free of the suffering and so with the help of my EMDR therapist, I began to do my own self-sessions in between.
As I became an EMDR therapist myself, I fine-tuned the technique. When I saw similar signs of suffering in some of my clients I began to teach them how to heal faster using EMDR themselves between sessions. Over the years, as my practise filled and my waitlist got longer, and the waitlists of my trusted colleagues got longer, I realized there were many people who we had to turn away but who still really needed help.
After teaching dozens of clients how to perform EMDR on themselves between sessions, I created the comprehensive course for self-healing using EMDR.
In the fall of 2018, I began running the live version of the course as an intensive healing experience in Toronto, Canada. I taught people how this miraculous therapy works in the brain to create permanent healing changes based on the latest medical research, and how to administer a simplified version of the technique on themselves.
At that time the didactic learning portion of the course and the group practicum of learning how to master the technique together and experience massive shifts in healing were run together.
As the course was so successful from feedback from participants, and since my practice has been also online and global for years, the natural evolution was to start running online live versions of the course and practicum to international participants, which I began in the fall of 2019.
In order to make the course more affordable for more people, I created a pre-recorded version, which split the didactic learning portion of the course from the online live practicum version. I published the online pre-recorded version of the course in 2020.
I expanded the didactic learning portion of the course that has been pre-recorded to include special guides on how to perform the technique so that the whole process can be learned without the need for further assistance, making the course a completely comprehensive guide to using EMDR for self-healing.
For those who complete the comprehensive EMDR online pre-recorded course and want further hands-on guided practise or to troubleshoot and master the technique, I run live online group practicum intensives.
In order to be eligible to apply to one of the live practicums, participants must have completed the online pre-recorded comprehensive EMDR course as the basics of the technique are not covered but rather we dive right in and practise together. The group practicums are supervised self-emdr sessions, with breaks approximately every 10 minutes for questions and optional sharing with the group. (This is not group therapy but self-healing done in an online group setting). The group practicums follow the same format as the previous live in-person and live online courses, for which I have gotten excellent positive feedback.
For more information on how to sign up from live practicums, please submit your name and email above or below.
To enrol in the online pre-recorded comprehensive EMDR now course click HERE.
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Absolutely Phenomenal. I have a very good foundation of knowledge of EMDR and have used it on myself for over 2 years and for my clients. and I still found this hugely beneficial. Thank you so much! absolutely recommend this course. It would be amazing if you could create a EMDR therapist course.
Best thing I ever did in my life. (probably literally). Signing up for this course. ---- It was exactly what I needed. Took my fear away of self-administering EMDR and developing my own Therapy based on what I found in NLP, IEMT, VSDT and various other therapies. I was afraid I might do something wrong and remained hesitant for a long while. And this course is really great. I hope I will some day run into the course instructor just to give her a big hug for putting such powerful course together. The quality of the course is great. Many FAQ-video's answering questions I might have had myself. Everything is covered to get started in a responsible way.... (only thing I regret is NOT having run into this course earlier; perhaps it wasn't available?). Anyhow, a big virtual hug and kiss to Vivian. You have no idea how valuable this course is to me.
This is a very unique course. I love that the instructor instructs in a clear, gentle, yet empowering way. Discussed what are the expected experiences, which helps understand what to expect. The FAQ is very helpful.
The instructor is very credible and authoritative. She clarified who the course is for and what the course does--and does not--offer. Her voice is calming and compassionate, and she seems like a lovely human being--inside and out. I look forward with pleasure to learning more about this healing modality.
I was already getting therapy with this technique with a professional therapist before Corona. But we had to cancel the treatment for a while so I'm really glad I found this course and that I can apply the technique by myself. I think it's really easy to do and the course explains it quite well. I was like "No, I won't cry or anything. I don't need the tissues. I'm okay with most of the stuff now". But it turned out I repressed so many emotions and memories. I completed the course and applied the technique for the 2nd time and now I admit that I need a really long time to heal. Also I was holding back information with the therapist due to fear, so it's really wonderful that I can do this by myself. Thank you so much.
I haven't completely finished the course, but I did make it far enough to get through my first session. I found the instructions to be clear and helpful and had exactly the kind of success that I was looking for when I signed up for this course. I still need to get through the FAQ section but so far the course has more than met my expectations. I did have some prior knowledge about the subject (I've researched details about trauma and EMDR previously) but I don't know how much of that made much difference here.
So far this course, the presenter, match and go deeper with my own research and experience with EMDR and so it feels extremely credible. I also resonate with her voice and cadence and find myself easily able to absorb the information and am willing to do the work. Looking forward to continuing the course.
Yes excellent introduction and priming for the rest of the course! A thoroughly clear and engaging explanation of EMDR and self-EMDR. I found the Q&A especially helpful and comprehensive and, Vivian’s compassion, and passion for healing and sharing her knowledge to help her fellow humans shines through in her warm presentation.
H. Nasic Friberg
I have taken some other courses at Udemy, and this course is far easier to follow. Her way of using visual stimulation, including her hands, some clips and videos, makes it much easier to follow the course, and also to keep concentration high. I loved everything.
This Self EMDR Course is really a wonderful course for me. I learned a lot from it. I started practicing myself. I want to join the Practicum so that I can do this Self EMDR very well for me. Thanks goes to Vivian Kulaga for teaching us very clearly & then to Udemy team for providing technical support. Thanks a lot.
This course is amazing, the info and application of EMDR have blown me away, on my first attempt I was able to access a childhood memory of me in bed with asthma while hallucinating staring at the ceiling looking at these things? However, after a few minutes, the pain in my body disappeared and I was feeling better.
It's so amazing to learn this modality that has already helped me so much when I worked with a therapist. Now I can use it for myself and my own clients. Thank you so much for making this accessible and easy to learn.
Excellent experience as I love mindfulness and I practice meditation. This is a perfect example to see that I am on the right track. Thank you many times!! Love it!
Very useful technique for self help, clear and concise information at a steady pace, very good value for money and excellent presentation.
The course provided exactly the information I needed, and the timing was perfect.
This course is simply the best. The explanations are very clear.
This course is explained in a very easy-to-understand manner and from a very positive, caring, and enthusiastic teacher!
This has been a great course. I've been practicing EMDR for a bit now. Very good.
It was tremendously helpful to be able to process on my own and not have to share my process with others.
Very easy to follow the teacher. Good information explained in a way anyone could understand.
Great intro and instructor is good at making me feel comfortable while knowing the limitations of the course.
Isabelle Boyer de la Giroday
Very comprehensive and easy to understand.
Very well explained content, really interesting technique.
Love how easy she makes it to understand!
Ernest C Esteban
Yes! I felt comfortable and had immediate rapport with instructor.