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 accredited EMDR training providers will expect you to provide evidence that you are accredited by one of the professional associations deemed acceptable by EMDR Europe.


Attendance at Richman EMDR Training workshops is limited to:


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 (Consultant Psychiatrist, StR/SpR Psychiatry)
  • Registered Mental Health Nurses (NMC)
  • Registered Mental Health Social Workers with experience of working clinically in a mental health setting (HCPC)


MUST hold full accreditation by one of the following professional bodies:

  • BACP
  • UKCP
  • Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
  • Association of Christian Counsellors (Accredited Counsellor - AC)
  • British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)
  • Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP)
  • National Counselling Society Accredited Professional (MNCS Accred Prof) 
  • Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) who are NCS accredited 

General practitioners

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


Clinical & Counselling Psychologists

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


Arts Psychotherapists and Occupational Therapists who are:

  • Registered with HCPC
  • Have mental health training, can recognise and assess common mental health problems and have experience of working in a mental health setting
  • Have training and a minimum of two years' experience of providing one-to-one psychotherapy, either as part of their professional training or in addition to it
  • Have provided a reference from their clinical supervisor confirming the above

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.  They need to follow EMDR Association UK eligibility criteria broadly i.e. a mental health professional who is accredited/registered with a governing body in their own country.  


In either case, external applicants will not be eligible to practice in the UK unless they also meet the UK eligibility criteria above.