Our Instructors

All of our instructors and facilitators are EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapists, EMDRIA Approved Consultants, and members in good standing with EMDR Canada.

Alivia Maric, PhD, RPsych

Alivia (Scalzo) Maric is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.  She has been the registrar for Vancouver trainings since 2004 and has facilitated EMDR trainings in BC and Yukon.  Alivia began working with trauma survivors in 1982.  She went on to complete her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at SFU and has been a registered psychologist in private practice since 1992. She has provided consultation to a number of counselling agencies and has taught graduate courses in counselling psychology at Adler University (Vancouver).  Alivia has been endorsed as a board certified expert in traumatic stress by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Eve Wilensky, MA, RCC

Eve Belle Wilensky is a Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved Consultant. She holds a master’s degree in drama therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and is passionate about the use of psychodrama and embodied work for healing. In 2015, she trained in sex therapy via the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Eve is committed to issues of anti-oppression and social justice and has worked with victims of political and state violence, refugees and asylum seekers, and survivors of large-scale natural and human-made disasters. She is also a member of the Humanitarian Assistance Program’s Trauma Recovery Network of Greater Vancouver and facilitates EMDR protocols for groups experiencing ongoing and prolonged recent traumatic events. Since 2018, she has worked in private practice on the unceded and ancestral homelands of the wməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Our Facilitators

Crystal Arber, MSW, RSW, RCC

Crystal is a distinguished social work and clinical counselling professional with over two decades of experience. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant who specializes in working with first responders and adults who have survived childhood trauma. Her innovative EMDR treatment program for survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is highly regarded. Crystal is a leading advocate for trauma-informed practice and has presented her expertise on EMDR at various conferences. She presented her talk on intensive EMDR for military and first responders at the EMDR Canada Conference 2019. In 2023, she spoke at the EMDR HAP Conference about the innovative ASSYST and EMDR-IGTP-OTS Humanitarian Psychosocial Pilot Project for Ukrainian Refugees. Her commitment to sharing her knowledge and promoting cultural competence has made her a prominent figure in her profession.

Jenny Watt, MA, RCC

Jenny is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and a Certified EMDR Therapist who has been in private practice since 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the founder of EMDR Therapy Group where she provides consultations to EMDR-trained therapists, supervises Master’s level Practicum Students, and works with clients who desire to heal from painful experiences. Prior to private practice, Jenny worked with marginalized children and their parents in non-profit settings, where she discovered the importance of trauma and resiliency-informed practice and became dedicated to trauma work.

Jenny is excited to join EMDR Training Associates as a Consultation Facilitator and share her passion in supporting therapists to become confident and skilled EMDR Therapists.

Our Founder

Marshall Wilensky, PhD, RPsych

In the early 1990s, Marshall was trained by EMDR founder Dr. Francine Shapiro as the first Canadian EMDR trainer. He taught and facilitated trainings throughout Canada and the US from1998 until he retired from teaching in 2024. Marshall has more than 20,000 hours of experience with EMDR, and his specialty is the treatment of trauma.  He was endorsed as a board certified expert in traumatic stress by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and was an EMDR Institute Facilitator from 1996 to 2006. For many years, Marshall taught counselling psychology and clinical psychology for Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia School of Professional Psychology, and the University of British Columbia.  He has been in private practice since 1980. Marshall created this training program in 1998 and has mentored and supported Alivia and Eve from their basic trainings in EMDR through to becoming EMDR trainers themselves.