Dr Michael Paterson is a Clinical Psychologist based in Belfast in Northern Ireland where he specialises in the treatment of multiply traumatised people. It was largely based on his clinical work with EMDR that he was awarded the OBE in 2008 for Services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland.
Always an advocate for EMDR, Michael sat on CREST in 2003 (Northern Ireland) and played a key role in ensuring the recommendation of EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD in adults; the guidance from CREST subsequently fed into the United Kingdom’s NICE deliberations and their recommendation in 2005.
He was invited by Dr Shapiro to train with her as an EMDR Institute Trainer, joining the Institute’s Faculty in 2006. Michael is a Past President of the EMDR Association of UK & Ireland.
Michael has authored a chapter in the landmark book, Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation with EMDR and Ego State Therapy. He has also published articles on stress, and on trauma in the emergency services. He has presented at conferences on treating complex PTSD, and also conferences specialising in dissociation.