Welcome To the EMDR UK & Ireland Website

This is the professional Association of EMDR clinicians and researchers seeking the highest standards for the clinical practice of EMDR in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Terry Waite CBE

Terry Waite CBE, well known hostage negotiator and humanitarian, has become Patron of the EMDR Association. He was a keynote speaker at the EMDR Europe conference in Edinburgh in June 2014.

Important message for potential clients

Be very cautious about claims that a therapy is “like EMDR” or contains bits of EMDR.

Important information for potential EMDR trainees

You may come across individuals claiming to teach EMDR therapy who are not EMDR Europe Accredited Trainers and are running non-accredited courses Please make sure that you read the following information before you undertake such training.

What is EMDR therapy?

EMDR is an acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing'. EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute, she published the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in 1989.

Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults.

EMDR is a complex and powerful therapy. Therapists always have a background in mental health before undertaking training in EMDR. You are strongly recommended to only consult legitimate clinicians who have undergone a bona-fide EMDR training. The EMDR Europe and EMDR UK and Ireland accredited training organisations can be found under 'Trainers' on this website.

The Evidence for EMDR

EMDR research is featured in the New York Times - Dr Francine Shapiro responds to questions. Follow this link which contains further links to specific research articles and a full reference list.

HAP UK & IRELAND (Humanitarian Assistance Programmes)

A registered Charity, affiliated to the EMDR UK & Ireland Association, HAP provides training in EMDR to local mental health professionals working with people in traumatised communities worldwide such as Bosnia-Hercegovina, India, Pakistan, Palestine and Indonesia. EMDR trainers and consultants offer their services voluntarily with the goal of alleviating suffering caused through conflict and natural disasters. To find out more and support HAP by becoming a member do visit www.hapuk.org.

In support of HAP's work and in keeping with the EMDR UK & IRELAND's charitable objects, we sponsored two trainee consultants from low income countries (Bosnia & Poland) with free places on the Consultant training in 2014: www.emdr-europe.org


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Preparing & Treating Dissociative and Chronically Traumatised Children with EMDR

Child & Adolescent Section of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland
Bristol: 21 Apr – 22 Apr 2016

Based on the award winning “Don’t Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” method

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17th EMDR Europe Conference 2016

The Hague, Netherlands

The sea of possibilities will inspire you to discover new horizons.
You are hereby invited to hearing the experts & exchanging with colleagues in the beautiful city of The Hague.

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EMDR Association UK & lreland Annual Conference & AGM 2017 

24th-25th March 2017

Details in due course