Company History

David Blore

David Blore
Photography: Jerry Hardman-Jones

The company started as the private practice of David Blore in Mansfield in 1992 with referrals originally from British Coal because David, then a nurse CBT therapist in the NHS, developed a speciality of treating trauma stemming from accidents in the underground environment initially using rapid exposure treatment (Blore 1993).

1993 coincidentally saw two events: the Bilsthorpe Colliery Disaster, in Nottinghamshire England, and the first workshop in the UK on a new psychological treatment for traumatic experiences: Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR). David was to go on to treat around 10% of those involved in the colliery disaster aftermath (Blore 1997) and thus 'cut his teeth' on trauma in the underground environment. His use of EMDR was fully 12 years before the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended EMDR as one of the two treatments of choice for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

With more than just a second-hand recommendation, but with over 90 treated cases completed by 1995, David was, by 1996, able to complete his EMDR training in Holland under the auspices of the discoverer of EMDR, Francine Shapiro. David moved the private practice to Nottingham the same year and started taking medicolegal referrals for various psychological traumas inevitably including psychological problems stemming from road traffic crashes, but also from other occupational settings.

By 1997 David was involved with facilitating training in EMDR across many European countries and following one encounter in Germany with the first five psychologists from Russia to be trained in EMDR, David was invited in 1998 to lecture in Moscow on the use of EMDR with mining trauma following two mining disasters in Siberia.

In 1999 he was involved in humanitarian work after the first of the Turkish earthquakes that year and just before the second! (Blore 2001).

David retired from the NHS in 2001 (just after 9/11 no connection!), and relocated his clinical work to York. Shortly afterwards the private practice converted to a Limited company with clinical work focussing on psychological trauma amongst the police and the railway industry, expanding in due course into the manufacturing industry and petrochemical industry.

The 'Associates' part of the company highlights the interlinking with other hand-picked experienced clinicians working in the same field and David being able to call on these clinicians as and when needed.

In 2007, David opened a second company, to focus on clinical supervision of some of the numerous colleagues around the UK all now being trained to use EMDR. In 2011, David completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham investigating Post Traumatic Growth amongst those who have been involved in a road traffic crashes and subsequently undergone EMDR.

For information about the current clinical staff, visit the clinical team page.