The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for EMDRIA Certification

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for EMDRIA Certification

You used to think, “Maybe I’ll get EMDRIA certified someday….” But not anymore! This is your time. Now if your moment. You want to feel informed and inspired. You want to unstick your client’s process like yesterday. Good for you!


Let’s get really clear on what it takes to get your certification through EMDRIA. Below is my ultimate cheat sheet for certified therapist criteria. Let me break it down for you.

✔You’ll need to be fully licensed in your field (e.g.counseling, social work, etc) for independent practice and have two years of experience(minimum) in that field.
✔You must have completed an EMDR International Association approved training program in EMDR therapy and completed your 10 hours of the initial consultation.
✔You’ll need to perform a minimum of 50 clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized.
✔20 hours of consultation in EMDR by an Approved Consultant are required and will keep your work on track. Your consultant will sign off’ on your knowledge of the AIP model, 8 phases, and 3 pronged approaches. They’ll likely want to watch recorded sessions to witness your amazingness.
✔To obtain your certification you’ll need to complete twelve hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years. So start exploring online and in-person training that spark your interest and have the EMDRIAstamp of approval.

Now, with an eye to the future:

✔To maintain the credential, EMDRIA Certified Therapists must complete twelve hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years. As mentioned above, start now and keep on going.
✔You will need to renew every two years with a simple application and fee. Being an EMDRIA member lowers your certification and renewal fees so this is something to consider.

All of this information has been gathered directly from the EMDRIA website. Visit it yourself to pursue the application forms and get answers to frequently asked questions. And check with your consultant to make sure you are on the same page regarding your goals and vision for your EMDRIA certification. Best wishes and happy certification!


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