In the past few months we’ve been talking about EMDR Therapy and highlighting the three words in EMDR Professional Training’s tagline:  Engaging. Effective. Essential. We’ve talked about the first two. Now it’s time for the third.

So why use the term Essential?

The answer is two-fold.

EMDR Therapy is Essential.

First, we use the term essential because of what we believe about EMDR Therapy.  Oddly, we’ve heard that word quite a lot lately, from essential businesses to essential services and workers.  We’ve been inundated with messages telling us what we have to do just to survive.

a boy holding hot fire balloonBut some have been just surviving for quite a while.  They’ve been barely living in the wake of the severe traumas of their past.  At EMDR Professional Training™ we’d like to see the end of just surviving.  We believe EMDR Therapy is the answer to unlocking the keys to heal past trauma.  And it’s essential to your practice if you’d like to see your clients move from repeated cycles and setbacks to true healing.

So we use this word essential in our tagline because of the importance of EMDR Therapy itself.

EMDR Professional Training™ is Essential.

We also use the term essential because of what EMDR Professional Training™ can offer you.

EMDR Professional Training™ is an essential part of your Basic Training and continuing education in EMDR Therapy.  We bring you both community through our membership program and EMDRIA-approved programs for your certification and advanced education needs.  In this new landscape of social distancing, you have a place to connect with other mental health professionals and learn from the experts as you pursue your work.

Join us on this journey!  Start Basic Training with us in a live or live-virtual format.  Hone your skills with our online Boot Camp Basic Skills Refresher.  Take our online advanced courses and accrue your continuing education credits while adding to your toolbox.  And join our EMDR Professional Training™ membership where you’ll join our supportive and lively community of colleagues with many extra benefits.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and we’ll see you soon!


Your Next Step
EMDR Therapy Basic Training 

If you are a mental health professional, you know EMDR Therapy as a beneficial therapy for a host of mental health concerns including PTSD, addictions, and other dysfunctional or maladaptive behaviors.

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Now it’s your turn to complete EMDR Therapy Basic Training—your next step in your clinical training.

Register for Basic Training with EMDR Professional Training™. Our next course dates are now open for registration: Casper, Wyoming, beginning May 2020 and Redlands, California, beginning June 2020.

What Is Basic Training?

Basic Training is a three-weekend training course covering the foundational characteristics of EMDR Therapy. Within these three-weekends, you’ll gain understanding in both the history of EMDR Therapy and the mechanisms by which the theory works. Theory immediately moves into practice as you participate in practicums with facilitators who work through each step in a group setting. By the end of your training you will be able to identify the 3-pronged, 8-phased EMDR protocol, create treatment plans, and execute each step effectively.

EMDR Professional Training™ offers EMDR Basic Training in a three-weekend, all-inclusive course totaling 57 hours of continuing education credit. You’ll receive expert training with guaranteed opportunities to engage in smaller breakout groups of no more than eight people.  Consultation is part of the training, so no additional cost or time is required to complete your basic training. Everything you need for EMDR Certification through EMDRIA is included in these three training weekends. We’ll even teach you the process for Certification.

Experience Makes All the Difference

At EMDR Professional Training’s Basic Training weekends, you learn from two of the very best in the field.

CurtDr. Curtis Rouanzoin, Ph.D. holds 28 years clinical experience in EMDR Therapy and is internationally known as a premier trainer and speaker with extensive experience in complex cases relating to dissociative disorders.

Dr. Michelle Gottlieb, Psy, D., is an international speaker of the topic of EMDR Therapy and—as a practitioner of EMDR Therapy for the last 20 years—well known for presenting the principles of EMDR in an accessible style. Dr. Michelle Gottlieb

Dr. Rouanzoin and Dr. Gottlieb are both university professors with years of experience in both theory and practice.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from two of the best in the field.

Register now for Basic Training with EMDR Professional Training™:

Casper, Wyoming

University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

Take your Next Step!

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A medical professional attending EMDR sessionEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a unique, integrative psychotherapy approach adopted by mental health professionals to address causes of trauma. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation, which is the professional association for EMDR practitioners. EMDRIA is dedicated to offering high principles of quality and reliability in EMDR therapy certification.

While it is true that being certified by EMDRIA as a trained EMDR therapy clinician is not required to practice this form of therapy, certification lets the patient know that you have acquired a certain professional standard of excellence. Further, therapists opt for certification as it offers certain financial and hospital privileges, particularly in regard to reimbursements.

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EMDR Therapy Certification – Requisite Criteria

To become a certified EMDR Therapist, you must meet the following requisite criteria:

License: EMDR therapy cannot be practiced as a form of therapy by a person who doesn’t hold a valid license, certification, or registration to practice as a mental health care professional.

Experience: Individuals should have a minimum of two years’ experience in their field of licensure and should have conducted at least 50 EMDR therapy sessions with at least 25 clients. A written undertaking duly signed and notarized by a notary public is needed to verify that the individuals have completed this requirement and thereafter.

Training: Completion of the EMDRIA Training Program is a must. The minimum training requirements defined in the curriculum of the Training Program is 20 hours of instructional material, which includes the history, overview, methodology, and mechanism of EMDR Therapy. This instruction is followed by 20 hours of supervised practicum whereby the trainee receives direct behavioral observation and feedback of his or her EMDR therapy practice.

The last component of the EMDRIA Training Program is 20 hours of consultation wherein the trainees receive feedback based on real cases and not experiences that occur in the practicum.

Consultation: A total of hours of consultation by an EMDRIA approved consultant in EMDR is required. At least 10 of these hours must be obtained through individual, EMDR-focused consultation, or phone consultation in rural areas. The remaining 10 hours may be obtained through small group consultation, wherein the group size should not exceed more than 8 people at a time.

Your consultant will verify the number of consultation hours you have received from him or her, how many of those were individual consultations, and how many were group consultations. If consultation has been completed with more than one consultant, you will need a letter of recommendation from each.

Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation from your consultant can be one or more than one verifying your EMDR therapy utilization with clients. The letters should also include an evaluation statement from your EMDRIA approved consultants to endorse the approval of your certification application.

You also need two other letters of recommendation from your colleagues or peers, which should include the details of your proficient use of EMDR therapy, explain your ethics in practice, and describe your professional character.

Must Adhere to EMDRIA Policies: Once you have fulfilled the above-mentioned requisites, you must agree upon maintaining a certain Professional Code of Conduct by observing professional and ethical standards of your respective clinical profession. In addition, you must agree to adhere to EMDRIA’s policy on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts.

EMDR sessionsLastly, don’t forget that EMDR certification needs a renewal every two years. During this period, EMDR certified therapists must commit to continuing their education in the field of EMDR therapy by completing 12 hours of EMDRIA Credits every two years to obtain access to the latest clinical information and research data related to EMDR.

If you are seeking to become an approved consultant in EMDR Therapy, please contact EMDR Professional Training at 949-445-6548 or You can also sign up for our mailing list to receive information about our upcoming trainings.

EMDR is effective therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is known to be an effective form of psychotherapy.

At EMDR Professional Training™, we believe one sustaining fact that makes our work very purposeful:  EMDR therapy is effective.

How Do We Know EMDR Therapy is Effective?

Ongoing research continues to confirm the efficacy of EMDR therapy, especially in its treatment of trauma-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depressive or anxious comorbid symptoms. For example, in the article titled, “Efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in Children and Adolescents with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder:  A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials” (2017), Moreno-Alcázar, concluded that, from a meta-analysis of eight studies, “EMDR therapy was superior” to other conditions.  Add to this research and many more studies like it with similar results, the recommendations of entities such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2017), where both strongly recommend EMDR for the treatment of trauma (p. 6), citing strong evidence for the use of the protocol from clinical trials.

Effective Education for Effective Therapy

Because EMDR therapy is proven to be an effective therapy, EMDR Professional Training™ is also committed to providing you with effective education to support your practice of it.

That’s why we offer you both online and live, in-person education, giving you options in the way you engage in your EMDR therapy training.

Ways to Engage

EMDR Professional Training both online and in classroom environments.
EMDR Professional Training provides effective education both online and in live settings.

For many, an online environment is an effective form of education where the freedom to set your own pace and revisit the material offers flexibility.  Others regard live education, such as our advanced workshop weekends, as their best option because of the intense focus over the span of a weekend, along with the opportunity to network and discuss the material with colleagues.

In addition to providing options for the way you train, we offer you a stellar list of presenters who not only hold distinguished résumés of experience in the mental health field, but also exhibit clinical excellence in their practice of EMDR therapy.  In short, you’ll find effective instruction from each of our presenters, affording you the best education available in EMDR therapy.

So that’s why we’ve chosen Effective as a word to describe what we’re about at EMDR Professional Training™.  An effective form of treatment available to you in effective modes of instruction.

Join us!

Join us live or online for your next Advanced Course or get started with a three-weekend Basic Training. We’d love to support you in your work and continuing education of EMDR therapy.

Dr. Michelle Gottlieb


Department of Veterans Affairs & Department of Defense (2017). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder.

Washington, DC: Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense. Retrieved November 9, 2019 from

Moreno-Alcázar, A., Treen, D., Valiente-Gómez, A., Sio-Eroles, A., Pérez, V., Amann, B. L., & Radua, J. (2017).

Efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in Children and Adolescent with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Frontiers in psychology8, 1750. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01750

Members and workshop participants of EMDR Professional Training have recently asked us why we’ve chosen our tagline:  Engaging, Effective, Essential.  Today I’d like to offer an explanation.  First word:  Engaging.

So here goes.

Enjoy Engaging workshops with EMDR Professional Training
EMDR Professional Training offers Engaging continuing education for your practice of EMDR Therapy.

If you’ve been to any of our Basic Trainings or Advanced Workshops, you’ll agree there’s never a dull moment!

The Best Learning

To create the best learning situation for you, we’ve hand-selected knowledgeable instructors and facilitators who use a variety of teaching tools to ensure your training is a memorable experience.  As a result, you’ll easily recall techniques and use your skills well in your practice.  Just think about how your experience with us will affect your work and the lives of your clients in highly positive ways.  That’s what we’re thinking about, too.

Live and Online Courses

Our live EMDR seminars include lecture, discussion, case examples, videos, facilitated breakout groups, and professional consultation.  Our EMDR online courses also provide several of the same features with the added benefit of re-playing video segments and slides from the convenience of your own home or office.  Both environments provide engaging avenues of training, continuing education, and assistance to you in your practice of EMDR therapy.

Educational Excellence

Join the community of professionals at EMDR Professional Training.
Join the community of professionals at EMDR Professional Training.

We’re committed to providing excellent EMDR education in an engaging environment because we believe so strongly in the life-changing effects of EMDR therapy and want to pass on that inspiration to you.

That’s why we like that word–engaging–to describe what’s happening at EMDR Professional Training™.  We are educators committed to your optimal learning and development in EMDR therapy.  We’re excited to work alongside you as you change lives like never before.

Till next time!


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