Training: becoming an EMDR specialist
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 will also expect you to provide evidence that you are accredited with one of the professional associations deemed acceptable by EMDR Europe.
N.B. We are required to abide by the EMDR Europe eligibility criteria shown below. If you do not currently meet this you would not be able to attend. However, you can register your interest to be informed of future training if you plan on gaining accreditation in the future.
Accredited EMDR therapy training is limited to:
Mental Health Professionals
Clinical Psychologists (Registered with HCPC or Psychological Society Ireland)
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 (NMC)
Registered Mental Health Social Workers with experience of working clinically in a mental health setting (HCPC if working permanently in England. Other criteria may apply for NI, ROI, Scotland and Wales)
Clinical & Counselling Psychologists in final year of training are acceptable with letter of recommendation
from their supervisor
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)
BABCP, BACP, UKCP
British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)
Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP)
National Counselling Society Accredited Professional (MNCS Accred Prof) grade
Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) who are NCS accredited
Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
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.
All Arts Psychotherapists & Occupational Therapists who are
Registered with HCPC.
Have mental health training, can recognise and assess common mental health problems and have experience of working in a mental health setting.
Have training and a minimum of two years’ experience of providing one-to-one psychotherapy, either as part of their professional training or in addition to it.
Have provided a reference from their clinical supervisor confirming the above.
Mental Health professionals from countries outside of 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 scrutinised on a case-by-case basis. They need to follow EMDR Association UK eligibility criteria broadly, ie a mental health professional who is accredited/registered with a governing body in their own country.
In either case, external applicants will not be eligible to practice in the UK unless they also meet the eligibility criteria above.