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Understanding EMDRIA Membership vs EMDRIA Certification
Full Member >>> Certified Therapist >>> Approved Consultant
All therapists listed in our Find a Therapist directory are Full Members (or meet the criteria for Full membership) who are trained in and qualified to practice EMDR. They are all considered EMDR therapists.
Some therapists choose to take additional training in order to become certified in EMDR. They are called Certified Therapists. Some Certified Therapists then choose to take additional training in order to act as a consultant to other EMDR therapists. They are called Approved Consultants.
Level of EMDR Training
Full Members are licensed mental health professionals who have completed an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Training course. An EMDRIA Approved EMDR Training course provides clinicians with (a minimum of) 20 hours of instructional/lecture material, 20 hours of small group supervised practice, and 10 hours of consultation. Only Full Members with current EMDRIA membership are listed in the directory.
EMDRIA Certified Therapists are licensed mental health professionals who have a minimum of two years of experience in their field. They have completed an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Training course, conducted a minimum of 50 clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized, and received additional 20 hours of consultation in EMDR by an Approved Consultant. In order to maintain their EMDRIA Certification status, these clinicians must maintain their mental health license and complete 12 hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years. The majority of Certified Therapists are also EMDRIA members, but it is not a requirement. Learn more about becoming an EMDRIA Certified Therapist.
Only EMDRIA Certified Therapists are eligible to apply for EMDRIA Approved Consultant status. EMDRIA Approved Consultants have at least three years of experience using EMDR after completing an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Training course, have conducted at least 300 clinical sessions in which EMDR was used, and have received 20 hours of consultation on the consultation they are providing to clinicians on their use of EMDR by an Approved Consultant. In order to maintain their EMDRIA Approved Consultant status, these clinicians must maintain their mental health license and complete 12 hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years. The majority of Approved Consultants are also EMDRIA members, but it is not a requirement. Learn more about becoming an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.
Finding the Right Therapist for You
It is important to remember that therapists may have additional EMDR training and/or many years of EMDR practice experience and not have pursued certification in EMDR. We encourage you to discuss your specific needs and any questions about level of EMDR training directly with the therapist.