Eligibility To Train

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.

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)

Counsellors/PsychotherapistsMUST hold accreditation OR submit proof that they are provisionally accredited by one of these 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)
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)


  • Clinical & Counselling Psychologists: In final year of training are acceptable with letter of recommendation from their supervisor.
  • Art Psychotherapists and Occupational Therapists: Registered with HCPC plus mental health training and substantial experience of working in a mental health setting may be accepted.
  • 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.

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