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Certification in EMDR

A clinician who is EMDRIA Certified in EMDR has been licensed or certified in their profession for independent practice and has had a minimum of two years experience in their field. They have completed an EMDRIA approved training program in EMDR therapy, have conducted a minimum of fifty clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized, and have received twenty hours of consultation in EMDR by an Approved Consultant. In addition they must complete twelve hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years.

Certification Application

Please read the Certification Criteria below and the Certification/Approved Consultant Application FAQs before filling out the Certification Application.  Click Here to view the Certification Application.

Certification Period

If approved, Certification status will be granted for 2 years from date of acceptance.

Please allow 3-5 weeks to receive your certificate after ALL materials are submitted for administrative processing. EMDRIA asks that you do not submit incomplete applications. All application materials, including Letters of Recommendation, must be submitted in English.

Certification Fees

Full Member of EMDRIA  |  $150.00 US Dollars

Non-EMDRIA Member  |  $350.00 US Dollars

Please Note: In order to receive the Member rate for Certification, you must maintain current EMDRIA Full Membership status during the 2 year Certification period.

Certification Criteria

The applicant for the designation of EMDRIA Certified Therapist must meet the following criteria:

1) EMDRIA Approved Training: Submit evidence of having completed an EMDRIA approved EMDR Training program. A copy of your certificate of completion is required.

2) License/Certification: Show evidence of a license/certification/registration as a mental health professional. A photocopy of your license/certification/registration to practice independently is required.

3) Attach notarized documentation supporting the following statements:

  • Do you have at least two years experience in your field of license/ certification/ registration?
  • Have you conducted at least 50 EMDR sessions with at least 25 clients? 

Both statements can be included on one single notarized document. Applicants can simply state, "I have at least 2 years experience in my field of license and I have conducted at least 50 EMDR therapy sessions with at least 25 clients" or similar wording and then have it notarized.

4) Have you received 20 hours of consultation by an Approved Consultant in EMDR?* Answer yes or no on the application form. Then you will need to obtain documentation from the Approved Consultant(s) you received your consultation from, verifying the number of hours you have received from him/her and how many of those hours were individual consultation and how many were group consultation. If you have received consultation from more than one Approved Consultant, you will need documentation from each. At least 10 of these hours must be obtained through individual, EMDR-focused consultation. The remaining 10 hours may be obtained through small group consultation. Consultation groups cannot exceed more than 8 participants at a time. Consultants-in-Training can provide up to 15 hours of consultation; the remaining 5 hours must be with an Approved Consultant. *Only consultation hours received AFTER completion of an EMDRIA Approved Training program can be applied towards this requirement. Click Here to Find an Approved Consultant

5) Attach letter(s) of recommendation from one or more Approved Consultant(s) in EMDR, regarding your utilization of EMDR with clients.

6) Attach two letters of recommendation regarding your professional utilization of EMDR (if possible), ethics in practice, and professional character. These can be obtained from colleagues or peers.

7) Attach certificates of completion of 12 hours of EMDRIA Credits (continuing education in EMDR). The EMDR Training is not awarded EMDRIA Credits - only EMDRIA Approved Credit Programs in EMDR that are completed after the entire Training program can receive EMDRIA Credits and be used towards this application requirement. Please click here to view the Calendar of Events.

8) EMDRIA's Professional Code of Conduct. Applicants must read and verify on the application form that they agree to adhere to EMDRIA's Professional Code of Conduct.

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