Training to become 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 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 (MRCPsych, SpR, SHO)  
  • Registered Mental Health Nurses (NMC)
  • Registered Mental Health Social Workers with experience of working clinically in a mental health setting (HCPC)

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)
  • BACP
  • British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)
  • Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP)
  • 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.

Art Psychotherapists
Registered with HCPC plus mental health training and working in a mental health setting may be accepted.

Occupational Therapists
Registered with HCPC plus mental health training and working in a mental health setting may be accepted.

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 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.

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