The Value of EMDR Consultation

If you are newly trained

Now that you have completed your basic EMDR training, it’s time to consider hiring an EMDR consultant. It takes practice and support to build your confidence in applying the 8 phases of EMDR with your clients. Clients come in with all kinds of presenting problems, so how do you as their therapist develop a treatment plan that clearly addresses their symptoms, goals, and interventions with EMDR?

The information taught in the foundation EMDR four-day training is extremely valuable yet can be overwhelming initially. It’s difficult to fully integrate all the information that you have invested time and money to learn. Questions about: Have I collected both sufficient and the correct information during history-taking? How do I effectively explain EMDR to my clients when I’m just beginning to grasp what it is myself? When should I start installing a positive resource and which one should I utilize first? Which target memory should I focus on initially? What happen when I start processing and will I carry it out correctly? How should I handle my clients’ dissociation? What if I miss a step? How do I really know if all the memory channels are processed?

Presenting your cases to a consultant helps you to be more effective with your clients, and builds your confidence in your skills and instincts as an EMDR therapist. Whether you join a consultation group or meet individually with a consultant, the guidance you will receive is invaluable to your development as a solid, skilled, and effective EMDR therapist.

If you need consultation with a specific case

Each of us as a therapist – EMDR or not, highly experienced or not – needs objective consultation and perspective from time to time on our cases. The most expert EMDR trainers and authors readily acknowledge their consistent attendance in peer consultation groups or individual EMDR consultations. You and your clients benefit from an experienced EMDR consultant’s objective and supportive perspective. Every therapist occasionally needs an outside view point to arrive at a correct client diagnosis and goal setting, to managing structural dissociation, to client-therapist re-enactments.

If you decide to become a Certified EMDR Clinician

Once you have provided EMDR to a steady caseload of clients, you have no doubt experienced how truly life-changing EMDR is to them. You may have attended advanced EMDR trainings and read several books on different aspects of EMDR. Your professional identity has evolved into that of a dedicated EMDR therapist. Joining the organization of EMDR therapists around the world, EMDRIA, is an important step this evolution, something I highly recommend.

Becoming an EMDR Certified Clinician is an appropriate next step to develop your standing among other devoted EMDR therapists.