Carol Miles MSW, LCSW, the owner of Three Rivers Training Center, is a clinical social worker and certified EMDR Therapist specializing in individual, family, and group psychotherapy and a EMDRIA approved Basic Trainer and Consultant. Carol works with a broad spectrum of clients through her private practice in Covington, LA focusing on EMDR Intensives.  She also provides training and consultation for therapists developing skills in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Carol, a graduate of LSU School of Social Work specializing in clinical social work, has over 30 years experience as a social worker in clinical, administration, and marketing with the public and private sectors. Carol has presented at state wide conferences and to general audiences on topics ranging from eating disorders, assertiveness, EMDR, DBT, and developing a private practice. She served two years as the President of the Board of Directors of EMDRIA (the EMDR Therapy professional association for the US) and is a current member of that board. Carol also taught as an adjunct professor at the Tulane School of Social Work. Among her areas of expertise are working with clients who have eating disorders and trauma.

Her approach is  client-centered, warm and influenced by evidence based clinical training. I have heard that Francine constantly said, “EMDR begins when your client requests you engage in it with them and you begin thinking like an EMDR therapist.” I am an EMDR therapist.

To see all trainings offered by Carol Miles, visit the EMDR Basic Trainings with Carol page or the EMDR Advanced Trainings page.

Three Rivers Center Faculty

Viviana Triana LCSW  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in the state of Texas, an EMDR Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant. Born in Colombia, South America, she considers herself bilingual and bicultural. She is passionate about learning and supporting others in their learning experiences.  Since 2008 Viviana Triana has worked as a therapist with children, teens, adults, and families who have experienced trauma in settings such rape crisis and domestic violence centers. She provides consultations and training for clinicians who work with this population. Viviana has been published in professional journals in addition to contributing to the just released book EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach. Currently, Viviana serves as the Clinical Director of Youth180, an organization that provides trauma centered counseling and outpatient substance use treatment for youth and their families in North Texas.

For more information about trainings provided by Viviana, visit the Trainings with Three Rivers Faculty page or contact her at

Charlene B. Spears, MSW, LCSW, BCD, EMDRIA Approved Consultant is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Lafayette, La. A graduate of Tulane University School of Social Work in 1983, she has 37 years of experience in the field of Social Work as a clinical social worker and in marketing and administration. She is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and is a LA. Board Approved Clinical Supervisor.

Charlene is a certified EMDR therapist and EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant. She provides EMDR Therapy under the guidance of the Adaptive Information Processing Theory, incorporating strategies from several therapeutic models to meet a client’s needs. Her scope of practice encompasses the assessment and treatment of adults suffering with PTSD and other disorders and problems for which underlying traumas may cause, contribute to the development of or exacerbate symptoms and/or interpersonal difficulties. Charlene has worked with adult and adolescent populations in both in-patient and outpatient psychiatric and CD settings.

Charlene provides clinical supervision for social workers, EMDR consultation for clinicians and EMDR Consultants In Training and is an EMDR Therapy trainer and facilitator for Carol Miles, LCSW, LLC. She serves as Co-Coordinator for the South La. EMDR Regional Network and Consultant for the La. Trauma Recovery Network.

For more information about trainings provided by Charlene, visit the Trainings with Three Rivers Faculty page or contact her at

Hope Payson, LCSW, LADC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Alcohol and Drug Counselor and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant who specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma is licensed in the State of CT. She has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of community mental health and addiction treatment settings and has presented in a wide range of conferences within the US and Internationally.  She currently coordinates a group private practice in Connecticut and provides training and consultation services to clinicians working in private and community settings.  Hope is actively involved in helping addiction focused treatment programs integrate EMDR therapy throughout all phases of their programing.  She is also the Producer of the documentary “Uprooting Addiction:  Healing From the Ground Up”.

Hope has personally experienced the negative impact of intergenerational trauma and addiction. While this experience alone has not made her an expert in addressing these issues with others, it has been the driving force behind her clinical training. She says her most robust learning experiences have come from her clinical work and the therapists who seek her consultation services.

What does this mean for the people she serves?

That she approaches—individual therapy, consultation or training—with passion, curiosity, hard work, partnership, hopefulness and solid ethics. Her approach is person-centered, down to earth, and grounded in evidence based clinical training. Which is why EMDR Therapy is her therapeutic modality of choice, and she is excited about the opportunity to help other therapists learn about it also.

For more information about trainings provided by Hope, visit the Trainings with Three Rivers Faculty page, her personal website, or contact her at

All trainers are carefully selected by Carol Miles MSW, LCSW LLC to provide the thorough information necessary for relevant client selection and the effective use of EMDR therapy. All trainers are EMDRIA approved trainers