Eligibility criteria for EMDR training in the UK and Ireland

Training: becoming an EMDR specialist

EMDR is an advanced psychotherapy requiring a high level of skill. A mental health clinical background is an essential prerequisite for the effective application of EMDR treatment. All training providers will also expect you to provide evidence that you are accredited with one of the professional associations deemed acceptable by EMDR Europe.

Accredited EMDR therapy training is limited to the following:

Mental Health Professionals

  • Clinical Psychologists (Registered with HCPC or Psychological Society Ireland)

  • Counselling Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)

  • Educational Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)

  • Forensic Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)

  • Psychiatrists (MRCPsych, SpR, SHO)

  • Registered Mental Health Nurses (NMC)

  • Registered Mental Health Social Workers with experience of working clinically in a mental health setting (HCPC)


MUST hold accreditation OR have submitted proof that they have had their application approved for provisional accreditation for one of the following professional bodies:


  • BACP

  • UKCP

  • Association of Christian Counsellors (Accredited Counsellor - AC)

  • Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)

  • Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP)

  • FDAP Members who have become accredited with the National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC)

General practitioners

Registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) who are experienced in psychotherapy and psychological trauma and are an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist or working towards a psychotherapy accreditation.

Clinical & Counselling Psychologists

In their final year of training are acceptable with a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.

Art Psychotherapists & Occupational Therapists

Registered with HCPC plus mental health training and with substantial experience of working in a mental health setting may be accepted.

Mental Health professionals from countries outside of the UK and Ireland

Are requested to submit a letter from their national EMDR Association agreeing to them undertaking their training in the UK and that they fulfil the eligibility criteria for their country of origin.

Applicants from countries with no national EMDR Association are scrutinised on a case-by-case basis and need to broadly follow our own eligibility criteria, i.e. a mental health professional accredited/registered with a governing body in their own country.

If you are unsure if you meet eligibility criteria please email admin@stressandtrauma.co.uk before applying for the course.