What is EMDR therapy?
EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences (Maxfield, 2019). EMDR therapy has even been superior to Prozac in trauma treatment (Van der Kolk et al., 2007). Shapiro and Forrest (2016) share that more than 7 million people have been treated successfully by 110,000 therapists in 130 countries since 2016.
The American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of Defense, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and the World Health Organization among many other national and international organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective treatment. More specific information on treatment guidelines can be found on our EMDR Treatment Guidelines page.
Certification Requirements. https://www.emdria.org/emdr-training/emdr-certification-2/
Certification and Membership fees will apply.
EMDRIA Approved Training
Notarized Statement of Practice and EMDR experience
20 hours of Consultation by and EMDR Consultant (15 can be from a CIT, 5 hours from an Approved Consultant)
EMDR Consultant Letter (s) of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation regarding professional practice
12 hours of EMDRIA Credits
EMDR Policies Agreement
Fill out online CIT Declaration For
20 hours of Consultation of Consultation
Provide Notarized documentation of 300 EMDR sessions with 75 clients
4. Disclosure Statement and application