Supporting emotional health in children, adults, families and organisations

The Centre for Emotional Development was founded by Leslie Ironside (D.Psych; Psych MACP) to develop a focus of expertise and to promote emotional health and wellbeing in children, adolescents, families and organisations. 

Up-coming Events

Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children: A Time Limited Approach presented by Nick Midgley and Nicole Muller
25/11/2017 09:45
Jurys Inn Brighton
DDP Level 1 by Vicky Sutton
11/01/2018 09:30
Jurys Inn Brighton

About Centre for Emotional Development

Dr Ironside is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with over 25 years experience working with children and families in both the NHS and private practice. He has formed a network of highly qualified and experienced Associates to expand the Centre’s professional range and effectiveness.

 The aims and objectives of the Centre are twofold:

  • Educational: To provide resources for Continuing Professional Development through training, lectures, short courses and conferences.  The Centre aims to attract participants from a range of disciplines including education, health and social services and independent practitioners.
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  • Clinical: To provide a network of clinical and consultation services for adults, children and adolescents, couples, families and organisations.
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CfED’s headline conferences and training events aim to attract a national and international audience. 

Other lectures, courses are, in the main locally based in East and West Sussex.

Clinical services are based in both London and Brighton.


Brainspotting Training - Phase 1

1,2,3 December 2017

Angel House, Hove Seafront

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Brainspotting Therapy: The revolutionary new therapy for rapid and effective change


It is an exciting time with recent developments in the understanding of the relationships between attachment, neurobiology and trauma.  Specialists including Bessel van der Kolk, Daniel Siegel, Alan Schore, Peter Levine and David Grand have contributed immensely to the evolving theory and the new indications towards treatment in psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry and other healing modalities.

Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered and developed from 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D.

Now over 10,000 therapists have been trained in Brainspotting in the US, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  Brainspotting provides therapists with powerful tools which enable their patients to quickly and effectively focus and process through the deep brain sources of many emotional, somatic and performance problems.

Brainspotting is a brain-body therapy treatment method that works by identifying and then processing brainspots. This uses the natural phenomenon of relevant eye positions to allow the therapist to locate, focus, process and release a wide range of the client’s emotional conditions.  This process is believed to be operating a deeper sub-cortical level in the brain. Through the dual attunement model, the interpersonal relationship is central in processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms. 

Brainspotting can be used with people across the age range and with a wide-range of presentations. It is a therapeutic tool that can be integrated into many healing modalities. Brainspotting is used effectively to process (complex) trauma and other disturbances, strengthen resources, and to enhance high performance/creativity.



Biographical details

For 10 years Mark was a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in the NHS in Sussex.  Over the past 8 years Mark has developed an established private practice focussing on complex trauma throughout the age range.  Mark is an EMDR Accredited Consultant.  Through his trainings in Brainspotting Therapy with Dr David Grand (Founder) there has been an exciting shift further towards fast, effective, and long-lasting therapeutic change.  Affiliated to Brainspotting Humanitarian Healing (BHH) Mark provides consultation to colleagues in the Syrian refugee camps of Kilis and is coordinating a Humanitarian training in Manchester, in the wake of the recent attacks.  Mark is the lead UK Brainspotting trainer and author of the book, Brainspotting for Young People: An Adventure into the Mind.

For more information or to book on the training contact Debbie:

Telephone: 07886 659976

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