Training: becoming an EMDR therapist

EMDR is an advanced psychotherapy requiring a high level of skill. A mental health clinical background is an essential prerequisite for the effective application of EMDR treatment. All training providers must adhere to the same entry criteria listed below, as set out by EMDR Europe. You will need to provide evidence that you are accredited with one of the professional associations deemed acceptable by EMDR Europe.

If you train with a provider but do not meet the entry criteria below, you will not be eligible for Accreditation.

Accredited EMDR therapy training is strictly limited to:

Mental Health Professionals

Clinical Psychologists (Registered with Health and Care Professions Council [HCPC] or Psychological Society Ireland [PSI] )

Counselling Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)

Educational Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)

Forensic Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)

Psychiatrists (Consultant Psychiatrist, StR / SpR Psychiatry)

Registered Mental Health Nurses (Nursing & Midwifery Council [NMC] )

Registered Mental Health Social Workers with experience of working clinically in a mental health setting (HCPC)

NB: Mental health professionals from countries outside the UK and Ireland are requested to submit a letter from their national EMDR Association agreeing to them undertaking their training in the UK and that they fulfil the eligibility criteria for their country of origin.

Applicants from countries with no national EMDR Association are scrutinized on a case-by-case basis and need to broadly follow our own eligibility criteria, i.e. a mental health professional accredited/registered with a governing body in their own country.

Counsellors/Psychotherapists

MUST hold accreditation OR have submitted proof that they have had their application approved for provisional accreditation for one of the following professional bodies:

Association of Christian Counsellors (Accredited Counsellor [AC])

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)

Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP)

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

General Practitioners

Registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) who are experienced in psychotherapy and psychological trauma and are an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist or working towards a psychotherapy accreditation.

Clinical & Counselling Psychologists

In final year of training are acceptable with letter of recommendation from their supervisor.

Art Psychotherapists

Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) plus mental health training and working in a mental health setting may be accepted.

Occupational Therapists

Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) plus mental health training and working in a mental health setting may be accepted.

The training process

There are several different levels of EMDR training, starting with the standard accredited training course.