Our Training Team
The training team at EMDR Education and Training Center is skilled, experienced, and dedicated to serving the EMDR community. We strive to make each training experience an engaging and fruitful endeavour for all of our participants.
Kara Nossardi, M.A., LMFT
Director of Training and Founder
Kara Nossardi, M.A., LMFT is the Director of Training and Founder of EMDR Education and Training Center (EETC), an Approved Consultant and Practicum Supervisor at Sonoma Psychotherapy Institute (Sonoma PTI), as well as a founding Practicum Facilitator for the EMDR Center of Southern California (ECSC). Kara has been a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 2014 and currently practices in Temecula, California, where she specializes in using attachment-focused EMDR Therapy in the treatment of complex Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), depression, and anxiety. Kara is an EMDRIA Approved Trainer, Approved Consultant, and Certified EMDR Therapist. Kara’s skill and passion in providing EMDR training and consultation is accentuated by her previous career as a college-level academician.
To learn more about the professional services Kara offers, please visit her private practice website at www.karanossardi.com.
Christine Sells, PhD
Christine Sells, PhD, has been a Licensed Psychologist since 1996 and currently practices in Newport Beach, CA, where she specializes in traumatology and the EMDR treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Christine is the Director of Training and founder of the EMDR Center of Southern California, and a Consultation Facilitator at the EMDR Educaiton and Training Center. As an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Christine is passionate about assisting clinicians toward achieving EMDRIA Certification and EMDRIA Approved Consultant status. She is a Certified Reliable Coder for the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and is most recently a co-presenter at the 2019 EMDRIA Conference on the topic “Consultation for EMDRIA Certification: Challenges, Ethics & Best Practices.”
To learn more about the professional services Christine offers, including therapy and EMDR consultation, please visit her website at www.drchristinesells.com.
Christina Narensky, PsyD
Christina Narensky is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training (CIT), and is Certified in EMDR Therapy. Christina has been in private practice in Alameda, CA since 2014, where she provides trauma-informed care for a variety of clinical concerns in her work with adolescents, adults and families. Christina has a special interest in working with underserved populations, post traumatic stress, and supporting people through difficult changes (e.g., becoming a parent, new diagnoses, moves, starting high school) and problem behaviors (self-injury, procrastination, etc.). Christina has a background in community mental health, school-based counseling, and juvenile justice, and brings her experience as both a collegiate and post-graduate instructor, and as a clinical supervisor with EETC.
To learn more about the professional services Christina offers, including therapy and EMDR consultation, please visit her website at www.drchristinanarensky.com.
Brenda Frechette, PhD
Brenda Frechette is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in both California and Arizona. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training (CIT), a Certified EMDR Therapist, and has a private practice in Solano County, California. Brenda has worked in community mental health for over 40 years, specializing in psychiatric crisis, addiction, and complex trauma treatment. Brenda has also been a graduate school instructor for the past twenty years in the California Bay Area. Currently, she specializes in working with first responders in her private practice. Brenda’s therapeutic style is primarily phenomenological, with training in hypnosis, cognitive behavioral, sensorimotor, somatic experiencing, as well as EMDR Therapy.
To learn more about Brenda’s professional background and services, including therapy and consultation, please visit her website at www.themindfulcenter.org.
Julie Ayn Discenza, M.Ed., M.S., LMFT
Julie Ayn Discenza, M.Ed., M.S., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Murrieta, California. Julie has extensive experience treating trauma, depression, and anxiety for all age levels. She is Certified in EMDR Therapy and is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant-in-Training (CIT). Before becoming a therapist, Julie taught elementary school and was a school counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Julie was also the Coordinator of Disability Services, as well as an Adjunct Instructor at California Baptist University. Julie specializes in the treatment of individuals who have suffered trauma resulting from chronic pain conditions and “invisible diseases/disabilities”; pathological relationships; and the insidious, long term effects of childhood neglect. Julie works in her private practice, JD Family Counseling.
To learn more about the professional services Julie offers, including therapy and EMDR consultation, please visit her website at www.jdfamilycounseling.com.
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