What Does it Mean to Be EMDR Certified?

Recently there has been a great deal of confusion regarding what it means to be EMDR Certified and what is required to become EMDR Certified.  Some therapists who have completed both levels of EMDR basic training have begun advertising themselves as EMDR Certified or “Level II Certified” and this is incorrect – completeing EMDR basic training does NOT make you EMDR Certified, it makes you EMDR Trained.

In order to become EMDR Certified you must complete additional EMDR training courses, EMDR consultation hours with an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and submit a certfication application and fee to EMDRIA.  The certification process is a great way to increase the credibility of your practice and demonstrate to your patients that you have made a commitment and a substantial time investment to EMDR.

Here at the EMDRIA offices we get calls and emails everyday from potential EMDR clients looking for a therapist in their area, and many request the names of only Certified Therapists.  So if you are looking for a way to grow your clientele and further develop your EMDR credentials, then certification may be right for you. For more information on becoming EMDR Certified, please click here.  Please note that EMDR Certification expires every two years and must be renewed to remain active.

We would like to ask all EMDR Therapists that have not completed the EMDR Certification process to advertise themselves as EMDR Trained, rather than EMDR Certified or “Level II Certified” (please note that there is no such certification).

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About EMDR

The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a professional association where EMDR practitioners and EMDR researchers seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. EMDR is an accepted psychotherapy by leading mental health organizations throughout the world for the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions. This website provides information to the greater EMDR community including clinicians, researchers, and the public that our members serve.

5 thoughts on “What Does it Mean to Be EMDR Certified?

  1. Qualifying Registered Nurses must have a Master’s Level psychiatric nursing degree AND also must be licensed and/or registered through their state or national nursing board in order to be trained (and certified) in EMDR.

  2. I have a master’s in clinical psychology and am in my final year of getting a psy.d. in clinical psychology. Can I get EMDR certified now? I am currently in my 2nd year of internship and i had a one year practicum before that. thank you

  3. You are able to take EMDR training at this point, but in order to seek EMDR Certification you will need to be fully licensed and have graduated. For more information on EMDR Certification, please visit the EMDRIA Website Certification area.

  4. I am a registered nurse in NY. I also have a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy and am a credentialed alchol and substance abust counselor. Can I take the training?

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