What Experience and Training is required to become an EMDRIA Certified Therapist.

Dr. Boulware is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and can offer Consultations to EMDR Therapists wanting to receive EMDRIA Certification in EMDR.


EMDR Clinicians who have completed and EMDRIA approved Level I and Level II (or its equivalent) are eligible to seek EMDRIA Certification in EMDR. Certification currently represents a professional standard of excellence. EMDRIA is currently negotiating with various managed care companies to authorize reimbursement for EMDR. Certification may some day be a component of eligibility for reimbursement, so becoming certified may have some financial rewards down the road. For now, however, certification strengthens your professional status and helps strengthen our professional organization (EMDRIA)

EMDR Therapists who wish to become a Certified Therapist In EMDR Criteria must Show written evidence of:

  1. Completing an EMDRIA approved Level I & II training
  2. State License/certification/registration as a mental health professional
  3. Two years of clinical practice in your field of licensure
  4. Having conducted at least 50 EMDR sessions with no less than 25 clients.
  5. 20 hours of consultation by an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant

  1. At least 10 hours individual, face-to-face EMDR case consultation (phone consultation in rural areas)
  2. Remaining 10 hours may be obtained through small group consultation
  3. Letter(s) of recommendation from one or more EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultants regarding applicants utilization of EMDR (while in the consulting relationship)
  4. Two letters of recommendation regarding their professional utilization of EMDR in practice, ethics in practice, and professional character.
  5. Two-year renewal: Completion of at least 12 hours of EMDRIA Credits in EMDR during every two-year period.
  6. Certification will be reviewed very two years and will require documentation of 12 EMDRIA Credits and a renewal fee.

What is EMDRIA?

EMDRIA is an nonprofit 501(c)(6), public benefit corporation, which is the professional association for EMDR practitioners. To quote from our bylaws, "The primary objective of EMDRIA is to establish, maintain and promote the highest standards of excellence and integrity in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practice, research and education."

To that end, EMDRIA evaluates training programs, maintains a Register of qualified EMDR clinicians, holds an annual conference, publishes a newsletter, develops practice guidelines for the application of EMDR in various settings, supports research into EMDR, advocates for the use of EMDR with managed care companies and other health care providers, and informs the general public about EMDR.

In short, EMDRIA is the vehicle by which practitioners can best assure that EMDR develops in a professional manner, while at the same time obtain access to the latest clinical information and research data on EMDR.

Dr. Boulware is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and can offer Consultations to EMDR Therapists become Certified in EMDR.
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