How to Find an EMDR Therapist

emdr-therapist-directory-maibergerSince I teach EMDR Therapy, I often get asked for referrals for EMDR therapists. I found that trying to connect the right client with the right therapist was a little challenging since different therapists have a variety of specialties and work in different areas. With this in mind, I launched the EMDR Therapist Directory to help streamline this process for clients.

When looking through the EMDR Therapist Directory, you can search for different things to help you find the right therapist for you. First you can search by name of city or state, or you can search by the type of things you are interested in discussing with your therapist: trauma, PTSD, family, etc. You can also search by your zip code to see what therapists are closest to you.

You can also look at the qualifications of the therapist in terms of their EMDR experience through whether they belong to the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). There are different levels that EMDR therapists may acquire:

  • EMDR Trained Therapist is a licensed or registered therapist who has completed an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Basic Training and either has or is working toward completing a Master’s degree, but is not a member of EMDRIA.
  • A Member of EMDRIA is an EMDR Trained Therapist and is a member of EMDRIA
  • EMDRIA Certified Therapist are EMDR Trained Therapists with a minimum of 2 years experience in a field of psychotherapy with a minimum of 50 EMDR trauma sessions, have received consultation from an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and continue to participate in EMDR education so they stay current in the field.
  • EMDRIA Approved Consultants are EMDR Trained Therapists with a minimum of 3 years experience in a field of psychotherapy with a minimum of 300 EMDR trauma sessions, have received consultation from an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and continue to participate in EMDR education so that they stay current in the field.

emdr-therapist-directory-family-maibergerI believe that it’s important to interview at least two or three therapists, so you can get a sense of how you feel with that person.

Research has consistently shown that one of the greatest factors in successful therapy of any kind is the relationship between therapist and client. When you see a prospective therapist for the first time, notice how you feel when you are with him or her. How do you feel in the space, and about how the therapists present themselves?

It’s important for you to get some sense of how this person can help you with trauma symptoms, such as emotions that feel overwhelming or behaviors that are sabotaging your goals. Make sure to ask questions even if you feel nervous meeting this person for the first time.

Below are some questions from my book “EMDR Essentials: A Guide for Clients and Therapist” you can ask to interview the therapist.

  • Do you offer a free consultation so I can meet with you to see if EMDR Therapy is right for me?
  • What is your level of training as an EMDR therapist?
  • What is your background and training? Are you licensed?
  • Have you ever worked with my issue (eg. Rape, depression, anxiety, auto accident) and had success with EMDR?
  • How much EMDR Therapy do you practice on a regular basis?
  • How long have you been practicing EMDR Therapy?
  • What will our EMDR Therapy session look like?
  • What do you charge for an EMDR Therapy session?
  • How long are EMDR Therapy sessions?

Take a moment after the interview and sit quietly and ask yourself:

  • How do I feel?
  • Do I have a good feeling about our meeting?
  • Remember there are no right answers to these questions. Listen to your gut.

I hope that the new EMDR Therapist Directory will help you find an EMDR therapist who can help you feel better by resolving issues in your past, helping you feel more present now, and more resilient in your future.