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Working with Unmet Developmental Needs and Attachment Wounds in Adults with EMDR
From Womb to Early Childhood

24th September 2021 @ 9:00 am - 25th September 2021 @ 6:00 pm


24 – 25th September (Friday & Saturday)
09:00 – 18:00 BST for both days.

Online workshop presented by Asena Yurtsever, MA and Dr. Ayse Bombaci, PhD

 LIVE EVENT ONLY – there will be no recording available after the event.

Asena Yurtsever, MA


Asena Yurtsever, MA, Clinical Psychologist and Psychodramatist. Asena received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Master of Arts degree in the field of clinical psychology from İstanbul University. She uses psychodynamic therapy, EMDR therapy, family therapy, expressive arts therapy, and psychodrama in her private practice. She is also specialized in working with individuals with psychological traumas, attachment problems, neglect and abuse, anxiety disorders, dissociative identity disorders.

Asena is an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer, Consultant and Supervisor. She is one of the founders and has been the vice president of EMDR Turkish Association, which has established a strong EMDR community in Turkey and become one of the largest communities in Europe, for 11 years. Besides, she has been supporting EMDR Association Azerbaijan, delivering basic trainings and supervision there since 2019.

She supports EMDR Trauma Aid locally and internationally and works with patients experiencing various mass traumas such as Marmara Earthquake survivors (1999), Syrian refugees (2014), families of people died at Soma Mine explosion (2015), Istanbul Ataturk Airport attack survivors (2016), Elazığ Earthquake survivors (2020), Covid-19 patients, their families and health care workers (2020).

As an EMDR R-TEP and EMDR G-TEP trainer, she provided trainings in Lebanon (2015), Germany (2016), Iraq (2017), Hungary (2018 & 2021) England (2018), and Bosnia Herzegovina (2019).

Asena is the founder of AY EMDR and Psychology Institute (2020), where she offers EMDR therapy trainings as she is specialized in nurturing and developing new EMDR therapists and conducts seminars to mental health professionals as well as her private practice. As a psychologist, she builds projects to prevent domestic violence.

She edited and wrote the chapters of many books and published articles on EMDR both in Turkey and around the world.

With two children’s stories (LİYO series), she has written three books.

Dr. Ayse Bombaci, PhD

Ayse Bombaci Profile Photo

Ayse Bombaci, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She works with adults, couples and families and uses systemic therapy approach in her private practice in Bonn, Germany. Ayşe is currently working as an EMDR therapist at an EMDR Trauma Hospital, in which specialized in the treatment of complex trauma, dissociation, early neglect and attachment difficulties as well as the integration of EMDR with a systemic therapy approach, near Cologne, Germany.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from both Istanbul University, Turkey and Heidelberg University, Germany. She also received her PhD degree from Heidelberg University (Department of Developmental and Biological Psychology). Her doctoral thesis is focused on prenatal stress and the quality of early mother-infant interaction as investigated by Still-Face-Experiment in a prospective study. In addition to researching the influence of pre- and postpartum disorders on the self- and co-regulation in dyadic interactions, her particular clinical interest lies in the integration of core prenatal experiences as a resource in the treatment of attachment disorders with EMDR therapy.

She has also presented workshops in the field of psychological trauma in both Turkey and Germany. Besides, she provided consultation at Istanbul Bilgi University as a systemic family supervisor.

Ayşe is an EMDR Europe– approved therapist for adults and a member of EMDR Turkey & Germany Association. She has also worked as a member of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) in different trauma related situations in Turkey and has used G-TEP in groups.

EMDR targeting relies on explicit memories. However, early childhood trauma is held unspoken an unremembered in the right hemisphere. One of the most challenging aspects in working with attachment injuries is finding the effective ways to treat the early preverbal (early childhood) experiences, which are stored in implicit memories, with the EMDR therapy.

Attachment begins in the womb. It has been scientifically proven that, including early attachment trauma, pre- and postnatal experiences have a great impact on psychosocial development of a child. Attachment wounds such as abuse, neglect, and abandonment are relational traumas, which are caused by one or more parents or caregivers in the first years of life when the bonding between parent and child is somehow disrupted or interrupted.

Relational trauma can result in a variety of different mental health issues. Children who have relational trauma can grow into adults, who do not have the capacity to nurture themselves, develop a positive self-concept, an affect regulation and form healthy interpersonal relationships. Unmet developmental needs such as love, nurturing, belonging, emotional attachment, fulfillment, security and safe connection can lead to long-lasting psychological issues in adulthood.

If we do not treat the unspoken part of early trauma with attachment wounds, we may not help our patients fully recover from trauma.

But how can we treat what our patients can’t verbalize or recall?

This workshop describes a theoretical framework and specific attachment-based EMDR approaches to reprocess early trauma in the absence of explicit memory. Our goal is to heal the attachment wounds and help the clients develop earned secure attachment. 

Because it’s never too late to have a happy childhood. 


  • An overview to traumatic attachment and Attachment Based EMDR Protocols
  • Pre-natal, peri-natal and post-natal traumas
  • “The basics and the steps of Pre-natal life” and establishing attachment in the womb
  • Core pre-natal experiences: Resourcing Placenta as an Ideal Mother
  • Establishing Good enough /Ideal mother & father and meeting unmet developmental needs
  • Working with pre-natal experiences and creating corrective pre-natal experience in order to enable an earned secure attachment
  • Working with traumas occurred in the early years of life (0-3 years)
  • Learning with cases, videos and practicums


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24th September 2021 @ 9:00 am
25th September 2021 @ 6:00 pm


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