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Eligibility To Train

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 by with one of the professional associations deemed acceptable by EMDR Europe.  (Check for updates).

Accredited EMDR therapy training is limited to:

Mental Health Professionals

Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Educational Psychologists and Forensic Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)

Psychiatrists (Consultant Psychiatrist, SpR Psychiatry)

Registered Mental Health Nurses (NMC)

Registered Mental Health Social Workers with extensive experience of working clinically in a mental health setting.


MUST hold accreditation or be provisionally accredited (BABCP only) by one of the following:

  • Association of Christian Counsellors (Accredited Counsellor - AC)
  • 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 NCAC accredited
  • Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
  • All Arts Psychotherapists & Occupational Therapists who are:
    • Registered with the HCPC
    • Have mental health training, can recognise & assess common mental health problems and have experience of working in a mental health setting.
    • Have training and a minimum of 2 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.

General practitioners

Registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) who and are trained in psychotherapy.

Clinical & Counselling Psychologists

In the final year of training with a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.

Mental Health professionals from countries outside of the UK and Ireland

Should 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 and need to broadly follow the UK’s own eligibility criteria: mental health professional accredited/registered with a governing body in their own country.

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