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What is Dynamic Emotional Integration ?


Dynamic Emotional Integration® (DEI) is a leading-edge approach to emotions which is based on the work of award-winning author and pioneering researcher Karla McLaren,M.Ed.



Sue  is a Licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® trainer and consultant:

Sue teaches online and in-person DEI workshops and courses, and she also offers DEI consultations which can help you work skilfully with every emotion you have; learning how to feel, identify and work with all of your emotions is essential for your health and well-being. 

Sue’s expertise in DEI includes:

Feeling and identifying your emotions, learning about the specific skills and gifts each one of these emotions brings you, finding out how emotions work and learning to work with them rather than for or against them, and empathic mindfulness and self-care practises.




Sue's teaching philosophy:

A love of art and creative practice inform Sue’s approach to teaching Dynamic Emotional Integration. Art can help us express our ideas, feelings and emotions. Employing simple marking-making and other creative practices in the context of a DEI workshop facilitates an empathic inner dialogue. Insights and ideas can come to us in surprising and enlightening new ways. We can gain access to aspects of ourselves, our story and our uniqueness in deeply healing ways. 

No previous experience in art or any other creative practice is required for any of my workshops or consultations. 


"Sue's courses have, for me translated the therapeutic 'given' that feelings emotions is beneficial in healing, into a practical and simple way of understanding, relating to and channelling emotion. I have found the courses highly beneficial to myself, and therefore also to my clients. the theory is easy to follow, the practices are straightforward and the artwork a neat (effective) way to integrate the material."   

Ann (Psychotherapist) 

Group workshops


Introduction to Dynamic Emotional Integration® - Series One 

A first series of 4 online workshops introducing and exploring new ways of understanding, relating to and working skilfully with your feelings and emotions.

Introduction to Dynamic Emotional Integration® - Series Two 

A Second Series of 4 online workshops exploring the four families of emotions in more depth.

Course Information and curriculum:  

Introduction to Dynamic Emotional Integration® Series One

Learning and interaction structure: Weekly two-hour sessions will be held using the Zoom webinar platform. Workshops will include discussion, screen shares and simple art practices. PDF’s of all screen shares, relevant audio files and other useful handouts are emailed to you after each session.

This Course is suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring new ways of understanding, relating to, and working skilfully with their feelings and emotions.

Course Content

Workshop 1

Meeting your Emotions and Learning about their Gifts and Skills:
In this first workshop the emotions are organised into 4 basic categories: the anger family, the fear family, the sadness family and the happiness family. You will learn about the specific kinds of intelligence each family of emotions contains.

Workshop 2

The Four Keys to Emotional Genius:
In the second workshop you will explore the 4 keys to Emotional Genius: 1. Welcome all your emotions equally. 2. Understand emotional intensities. 3. Identify multiple emotions. 4. Learn how to channel your emotions.

Workshop 3

How your Emotions Work:
In the third workshop you will learn about how your emotions work by learning the Situation to Action Pathway process. DEI helps you understand how to work with your emotions in new ways so that you will be able to choose new and constructive ways to respond when your emotions arise.

Workshop 4

Empathic Mindfulness Practices:
The last in the series of 4 Workshops focuses on DEI empathic mindfulness practices which can help you develop healthy empathy and self care skills. These practices will also help you access the many gifts and skills of your emotions.

Simple and easy art practices will be employed to help facilitate the flow of your ideas. No previous experience in art is required.

What you will need for the workshops:

Paper (around 20 sheets of A4 printer paper is suitable), and any kind of coloured pencils, pens and crayons or paints.

(If you have no art materials and would like to buy some ”Caran D'Ache NeoColor II" Water Soluble Wax Pastels are good quality, easy to use and last for a long time. A brush can be used to wash over the pastels and create paint effects.)

An A4 folder or file is useful to organise each weeks work in.

Introduction to Dynamic Emotional Integration® Series Two 

This is a follow-on course to the first series of introductory workshops and is therefore suitable for anyone who has completed the first series of workshops. 


Course Content 

Workshop 1  

In week one you will focus on the emotions in the Anger Family: Anger, Apathy (or Boredom), Shame & Guilt and Hatred.

The empathic mindfulness practice of Burning Contracts will be introduced. 

Workshop 2    

In the second workshop you will focus on the emotions in the Fear Family: Fear, Anxiety, Confusion, Jealousy, Envy and Panic & Terror. 

The empathic mindfulness practices of Resourcing and Conscious Questioning for Anxiety will be introduced. 

Workshop 3    

In the third workshop you will focus on the emotions in the Sadness Family: Sadness, Grief, Situational Depression and The Suicidal Urge.

The empathic mindfulness practice of Ethical Empathic Gossip will be introduced. 

Workshop 4    

In the fourth workshop you will focus on the emotions in the Happiness Family: Happiness, Contentment and Joy. 

The empathic mindfulness practice of Rejuvenation will be introduced.  

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