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  • Writer's pictureKelly Hurley

Is becoming an EMDRIA Approved Consultant right for me?

Updated: Jun 10, 2022

Have you been practicing EMDR for 3+ years with clients? Have you provided over 300 EMDR sessions? Have you taken several Advanced EMDR Training courses? Do you love mentoring others to grow and learn? Are you an EMDRIA Certified Therapist? If you answered “yes”, to all these questions, it is time to consider becoming an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. This will also allow you to start a journey toward becoming a Facilitator for a Training Organization, and eventually a Trainer if you would like.

I would love to work with you to start your journey as an EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT). A CIT is someone who can provide up to 15 of the 20 hours someone needs to become Certified in EMDR. The other 5 hours would need to be provided by an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.

Being a Consultant in Training is fabulous for 2 reasons. First, you get more EMDR Consultation from an Approved Consultant, so you improve your skills with clients. Second, you get to learn and improve your skills in providing consultation, mentoring, and guidance to others specifically with EMDR.

Maybe you have already been a supervisor for a while like I was when I got started. Providing EMDR Consultation is better in some ways than Clinical Supervision because I do not have to take legal liability for my consultee’s clients. With your supervision skills, you know how to help others become proficient as therapists. Now, you will be working specifically with them on improving their skills with the EMDR modality.

Depending on when you were trained in EMDR, you might consider taking EMDR training again to review all the basics and hone your skills provide “Standard EMDR”. Sometimes, we wander far from where we started as we just get used to doing something repeated. By reviewing, I could remember what it was like to hear all this the first time, be so overwhelmed, and not know where to start. I had more compassion as I started with my Consultees and a better awareness of what was in their manuals to help them refer back to what they already knew.

I know it was so helpful for me to do the Basic Training as a review a few times. The first review I did was as a host for EMDR-HAP at the community mental health agency where I was a Site Director and Clinical Supervisor. I was so surprised by how much I had forgotten in 1.5 years after taking the original training. This was impactful in my work with clients and as I continued my work with supervisees.

The second time I reviewed basic training, it was with Dr. Robbie Adler-Tapia who works a great deal with children and uses a Developmental Model of working with children, adolescents, and adults. I was able to learn a great deal by watching her videos with various kids. The extra practice and evaluation from her were valuable to my work as both a therapist and a consultant. She provided me with different scripts, resourcing ideas and ways to do standard protocol that I had not known before. I would love to share those with you!

Let me help you become (1) a better EMDR Therapist and (2) an EMDR Approved Consultant through the Consultant in Training process. Please contact me for more information and a 15-minute phone call to see if I’m the right person for you.

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