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.


Please note: NHS England now has additional supervision, eligibility and competence requirements for EMDR therapists working in their service. Please look at the EMDR UK Association website emdrassociation.org.uk under eligibility.


ALL applicants must have a significant proportion of their current primary role delivering 1-to-1 psychotherapy.


ALL applicants must have the full support of their clinical supervisor to attend the training.


All applicants must have access to training cases for the duration of the course.


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):


-     MRCPsych or equivalent (including Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in any psychiatric speciality) 
-     Alternatively: a) Complete both long and short psychotherapy cases (and)
                            b) Equivalent of three years full time psychiatric experience (and)
                            c)  Letter confirming above from line manager and sent to EMDR Training Provider


Registered Mental Health Nurses (NMC), Registered Learning Disability Nurses (NMC), Art Psychotherapists (HCPC), Occupational Therapists (HCPC) and Registered Social Workers who:

  •  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 in addition to   their professional training
  •  Have provided a reference from their clinical supervisor confirming the above.



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

  • BACP
  • UKCP
  • Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
  • British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • National Counselling Society Accredited Professional (MNCS Accred Prof) 
  • Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) who are NCAC accredited 

Clinical Psychology Trainees:

Candidates should be in their final year of a full-time practitioner doctoral training approved by the British Psychological Society, with a letter of recommendation from their clinical supervisor. They are eligible to begin the Standard EMDR Europe course but cannot fully complete it until their registration with HCPC is confirmed.

Ratified by the EMDR Association UK, June 2023
Forensic Psychology Trainees:
To be eligible to begin the Standard EMDR Europe training, candidates must be in Stage 2 (supervised practice) of the BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology and have completed at least 450 hours of supervised practice.  They will also need a letter of recommendation from their clinical supervisor to confirm this.  However, candidates cannot complete their EMDR training until their registration with HCPC is confirmed.