EMDR therapy helps a variety of populations including soldiers and civilians, children and adults, princes and commoners.


Wait. Did we just say princes?

For years EMDR therapy has been pigeon-holed as “the therapy that helps PTSD.”  Recent news stories, however, along with a growing body of evidence-based research, support the idea that it can do just about anyone a world of good.

Case in point, in the recently debuted Apple TV+ docuseries “The Me You Don’t See” with executive producers, the Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry openly discusses how he has benefited from the practice of EMDR therapy.  Media outlets have also taken notice and highlighted the therapy.

Recent news is not news to EMDR Therapy

Of course, these recent revelations are not new news to thousands of EMDR therapy practitioners worldwide, many of Eye Movementwhom have used EMDR therapy in a broad variety of settings with a multitude of populations.  EMDR therapy clinicians often discuss their discovery of EMDR therapy as a “breath of fresh air” or a “magic pill” for their work because they find themselves finally able to offer true healing to their clients in a relatively short time in comparison to traditional talk therapies.  Whatever the idiomatic expression, EMDR therapy changes the landscape for both clinicians and clients alike.

How can you add EMDR therapy to your practice?

Any licensed mental health clinician, as well as graduate students who have supervisor approval and interns, Psychology Assistants, Associates, and those who are provisionally licensed, can begin Basic Training in EMDR therapy.

Basic Training at EMDR Professional Training™ is a comprehensive training experience.  Participants learn foundational principles and participate in small group practicums with trained facilitators.  Consultation hours are also included in Basic Training rounding out the full entry-level education and training in EMDR therapy.  Participants can begin using EMDR therapy right away with the training you receive at EMDR Professional Training™.

EMDR Professional Training™ also invites EMDR practitioners to join its membership community who support one another in the practice of EMDR therapy through an extensive library of resources, monthly study groups and meetings, and special membership pricing on advanced trainings.

More than just Basic

ButterflyAfter completion of EMDR Professional Training’s Basic Training, you’ll be ready to begin the certification process to become an EMDRIA certified therapist.  Advanced education and trainings are also available for further work with specific populations and complex situations.

If you are a mental health worker who would like to learn and practice EMDR therapy, join us for our next available Basic Training.  EMDR Professional Training™ offers Basic Training in a live in-person format as well as in a live virtual setting.  You can also choose between our Premier Basic Trainings™ with expert trainers, Dr. Curt Rouanzoin and Dr. Michelle Gottlieb, or choose Select Basic Trainings™ for a more individualized focus.

EMDR Professional Training™ leads in EMDR Therapy Training

Many more like Prince Harry are acknowledging and even “carrying the torch” for EMDR therapy and mental health in general, and EMDR Professional Training™ leads the charge in education for EMDR therapy and impact the conversation surrounding mental health.  EMDR therapy is an effective therapy supported by evidence-based research and brings healing to countless people.  Learn today how you can train in EMDR therapy or add further advanced training to your practice.

EMDR Professional Training™ is an EMDRIA approved credit provider of EMDR therapy training and also awards Continuing Education credit through Commonwealth Educational Seminars.

The TREAT Act and Mental Health

More Access to Mental Health care has been proposed by way of re-introduction of the TREAT Act.

You can help your clients through telehealth. Learn how at EMDR Professional Training.Recently, several entities and associations connected to the mental health professions in the United States wrote Congress in support of the re-introduction of the TREAT Act, to “increase access to health care services during the national COVID-19 public health emergency by allowing practitioners with valid licenses to provide services, including telehealth services, in all states for the duration of the public health emergency” (Mental Health Liaison Group, 2021).  The TREAT or Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment Act would temporarily permit health professionals to practice across state lines (MHLG, 2021).

Availability of Health Care

Supporters of the TREAT Act believe that the availability of health care, including mental health care services, would allow individuals in areas experiencing shortages to access care from across the country. The legislation would provide increased flexibility for providers, potentially raising the number of providers willing and able to work throughout the health emergency.

Increased Numbers Tell All

As part of the support for the passing of the TREAT Act, the Mental Health Liaison Group cites a Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll from December 2020, stating that 51% of adults in the U.S. reported that “their mental health had been negatively impacted by worry and stress over COVID-19” (MHLG, 2021).  Increases in alcohol consumption and substance abuse as well as troubles with eating and sleeping were reported in the poll (Lopes, 2020). More compelling is the fact that almost 52% of telehealth diagnoses in September 2020 were mental health-related (Gelbund, 2020).

Take advanced courses at EMDR Professional Training to prepare for telehealth.The TREAT Act bill was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate in August 2020 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  You can track actions at:  Congress.gov and search for S.4421 TREAT Act.

What Can You Do?

How can you better prepare yourself for telehealth services for those who need it?  Take one of our many advanced courses today at EMDR Professional Training.  We offer both live webinars and OnDemand courses for your convenience with several including sections on telehealth strategies.



Gelburd, R. (2020, December 1). Telehealth Claims Rise 2980% in One-Year Period Through September 2020. https://www.ajmc.com/view/telehealth-claim-lines-rise-2980-in-one-year-period-through-september-2020.

Lopes, L., Kearney, A., Kirzinger, A., Hamel, L., & Brodie, M. (2020, December 18). KFF Health Tracking Poll – December 2020: COVID-19 and Biden’s Health Care Agenda. https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/report/kff-health-tracking-poll-december-2020/.

“TREAT Act MHLG Support Letter.” (2021).  Mental Health Liaison Group.  https://mk0emdrias99osg9utnb. kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/TREAT-Act-MHLG-Support-Letter-2.22.21-002.pdf


Much can be said of the legacy Arnold “AJ” Popky–EMDR pioneer and influencer–leaves behind.

Many knew him as a colleague and friend within the ranks of EMDR therapy.  As a business man from silicon valley, he understood the needed logistics to launch professional training in Francine Shapiro’s new life-changing therapy she originally called EMD or Eye Movement Desensitization.  So Popky took care of many details behind the scenes as Francine Shapiro’s work took shape, and the psychotherapy world would chart a new course.

Arnold Popky was a pioneer of EMDR therapy and the originator the DeTUR protocol.

Then in 1993 Popky developed the DeTUR™ protocol, and at first, he presented it as a protocol to help clients stop smoking.  The protocol, Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing based in EMDR therapy’s Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model for addictions and dysfunctional behaviors, would focus on the triggers and relieve the client of the behavior.  And because of the swiftness of the relief clients found by focusing on desensitizing triggers, Popky eventually renamed his version of the AIP to become the Accelerated Adaptive Information Processing Model.

But Popky was far from finished.

A United States Marine Corps DIV. 1277 charter member, Popky had a particular passion for other veterans and those in current military service.  He knew firsthand their experiences and their challenges.  So he began to work with wounded warriors who were dealing with PTSD, addictions, and other maladaptive behaviors.  As he worked with this population, he saw positive change, relief of symptoms, and true healing as a result of DeTUR™.  His work grew so much that he became a trainer and consultant to U.S. Department of Defense therapists at military bases around the world.

The number of people who have been positively affected by AJ Popky’s  protocol and by EMDR therapy in general because of the effort he put into promotion and training is truly astounding since he didn’t even begin his journey in psychotherapy until after a 30-year career in Silicon Valley high-tech.  A feat most of us would not even consider much less tackle.

But when the need is great, some people just can’t stop.

And that was AJ Popky.  He saw how people needed more than the usual Bandaid® approaches.  So he kept working, helping his clients target triggers that brought up uncomfortable feelings leading to urges, uncovering core traumas, and reprocessing to completion.

Meanwhile, AJ also never stopped teaching and training other therapists to do the same.  An entire generation of therapists have now trained in the components of Popky’s trademarked method.  Many remember Dr. Popky as a famously dynamic presenter.  He presented the DeTUR™ protocol with both compassion and humor, using illustrations from seemingly hopeless cases and applying masterful technique.  His engaging and lighthearted approach was infectious in all the best ways.  And participants in his workshops always came away with both knowledge and some rubbed off wisdom from this sage of EMDR therapy.  He was always focused on teaching us how to achieve positive outcomes with our clients, and he left an indelible mark on us all.

Now, we carry on, attempting to walk in some pretty big shoes, striving to affect others with humor, positivity, and passion, hoping that we too can say we did everything we could, just like Dr. Arnold A.J. Popky.

Moving forward.

EMDR Professional Training™ is committed to carrying on the legacy of AJ Popky by continuing to offer courses in his DeTUR™ protocol.  You can complete your training with live instructors in our live DeTUR™ workshops or take the course OnDemand where all videos and materials are of AJ Popky’s advanced training and instruction.


If you have completed your EMDR Basic Training, you’ve probably also become aware of the option of EMDR Certification.

Here are our top 3 reasons to obtain your EMDR Certification.

  1. Assure the public that you have chosen to increase your understanding and skills in EMDR Therapy beyond basic training.

    When you complete or renew your EMDR certification, your clients and your community understands your commitment to more than just basic knowledge of EMDR Therapy. Your certification and certification renewal gives them confidence in your ability as an EMDR practitioner.

  2. Increase your own confidence and competence in EMDR Therapy.

    Beyond your clients’ confidence in your ability, you should sow confidence in your skills and competence in EMDR Therapy. Limiting your education in EMDR Therapy at Basic Training limits your skills and will limit your confidence in using the protocols. So it makes sense that you would continue learning and adding to your skillset.

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  3. Effectively treat complex trauma.

    Within your practice, you will most likely see complex trauma. Being prepared is the best way to move forward and the only way you will see results with your clients. Further training in advanced courses, taking part in practicums and study groups, and, of course, completing EMDRIA’s consultation requirements, are all important to your 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 clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized, and twenty hours of consultation in EMDR by an Approved Consultant. To maintain the credential, EMDR International Association Certified Therapists must complete twelve 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

EMDR Professional Training™ offers consultation toward your Certification and is also an EMDRIA-approved credit provider for advanced training courses.

Find out more by going to our advanced courses and learning about our Consultation program at EMDRprofessionaltraining.com or by calling us at 949-445-6548.

We look forward to helping you continue your EMDR Therapy education,
Curt Rouanzoin and Michelle Gottlieb

Join our Community with Membership

Girl sitting on a windowThe events of 2020 stopped us in our tracks at various moments.  Isolation took its toll.  Turning the calendar may have held some promise that everything would miraculously improve in the new year.  So far, it’s about the same.

So how do we move forward in 2021?

One of the best ways we can move forward in 2021 is together–by engaging in a supportive community. That’s why we continue to offer membership at EMDR Professional Training™. Besides great discounts on advanced training courses after your Basic Training and extra resources to help you in your practice of EMDR Therapy, we offer community. Our membership community offers the support that can help us through a lot of tough moments in life. And that’s our main goal in supporting you with our membership community.

Become a Member!

It’s easy to become a member at EMDR Professional Training™. After you have completed one of our comprehensive Premier or Select Basic Training programs, you are eligible for membership. Go to our membership page and begin the process. You have the option of paying for the entire year at $99 or just $9 per month.

Meeting with team Once you become a member, you can access our extra resources to support your practice of EMDR Therapy. You can take part in our monthly meetings via Zoom with Curt Rouanzoin and Michelle Gottlieb, the founders of EMDR Professional Training™.

And you get substantial discounts off our growing catalog of advanced training courses.  All of our advanced courses are EMDRIA approved and accredited by Commonwealth Educational Seminars, a main accreditor for APA approved continuing education courses.  When you take our advanced courses, you can fulfill your required CE’s for EMDR Certification and other professional requirements.  We offer both live webinars and OnDemand courses for your safety and convenience.

Come join our community of EMDR Therapy practitioners! This year may include more challenges, but we can move through it together and meet our shared goal to help our clients heal from past trauma with EMDR Therapy.

Start your membership today by going to: EMDR Professional Training Membership