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.

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