• Kelly Hurley

Reasons to Obtain EMDR Certification

When you complete your EMDR Basic Training, many people think that doing the 10 hours of consultation for your training hours will be enough. Then, after using EMDR with clients for a while—or not using it for a while—makes people realize how prevalent trauma and dysfunctional memories are. Moreover, reality regarding how widespread complex trauma is in the populations we serve is front and center to our awareness. You might start thinking--maybe I do need more training and more consultation.

Let’s consider the reasons more carefully. Here are my top 3 reasons to obtain your EMDR Certification.



  1. Assure clients and other providers who refer to you that you have chosen to increase your expertise and skills in EMDR Therapy beyond basic training.

When you complete your EMDR certification through the 20 hours of consultation, your clients and your community recognize your commitment to more than just basic knowledge of EMDR Therapy. Your certification gives them confidence in your ability as an EMDR practitioner. Other providers will use the EMDRIA.org website to search for EMDR practitioners who are certified.


2. Boost your own competence and confidence in providing EMDR Therapy to various types of complaints and issues that clients come to you with.

Beyond your clients’ confidence in your ability, you should show conviction in your skills and competence in EMDR Therapy. Limiting your education in EMDR Therapy at Basic Training restricts your skills and will curb your confidence in using the protocols. So, it makes sense that you would continue learning and adding to your skillset. This will also improve the relationship and connection you feel with your clients as you work on their dysfunctional memories and trauma. EMDR Certification has provided me with more creativity and curiosity in my work with clients.

3. Effectively treat complex trauma—C-PTSD.


Within your practice, you will most likely see complex trauma or C-PTSD. Being equipped, organized and prepared is the best way to move forward and the only way you will see results with your clients. Additional training in advanced EMDR courses, taking part in practicums and study groups, and, of course, completing EMDRIA’s consultation requirements, are all vital to your on-going development as a practitioner.



Certification in EMDR Therapy is a step you can accomplish by following the guidelines set forth by EMDRIA, the EMDR International Association. According to EMDRIA,


Clinicians are eligible to become EMDR International Association Certified Therapists if they are fully licensed in their mental health professional field for independent practice and have two years of experience (minimum) in that field. Specific EMDR requirements include completion of an EMDR International Association approved training program in EMDR therapy, a minimum of fifty (50) clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized, and twenty (20) hours of consultation in EMDR by an Approved Consultant. To maintain the credential, EMDR International Association Certified Therapists must complete twelve (12) hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years.


To learn more about what EMDRIA requires for certification and certification renewal, go to emdria.org

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