Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

  1. New Mexico Evidence Based Practices
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy? 

EMDR is a structured therapy for individuals who have experienced a trauma and are having symptoms associated with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During treatment, the therapist guides patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), to help process and resolve the emotion associated with trauma memories.

EMDR is typically delivered in six to twelve sessions lasting from 60-90 minutes. The phases of treatment include: 1) history and treatment planning, 2) preparation, 3) assessment, 4) desensitization, 5) installation (strengthening a positive belief), 6) body scan, 7) closure, and 8) reevaluation.

Population Served

EMDR therapy is for children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing distress or mental health symptoms related to a traumatic event.

For more information:
Visit EMDR International Association

The NM EBP Qualifications for the EMDR specific rate are:

  1. Demonstrated completion of an EMDRIA approved basic training OR

  2. being EMDRIA Certified in EMDR.

If you meet these standards, complete the application above and provide all requested information and supporting documentation. Applications will be reviewed, and qualifications will be verified by the Center of Innovation team, in consultation with EBP experts. Recommendations for approval of a provider’s EBP qualifications for the EBP specific rate will be made to the State.

EMDR Training & Consultation Opportunities

If you have received some training in EMDR but do not currently meet the EMDR qualification standards, or if you have interest in trainings in EMDR, please complete the EMDR Interest Form. The information you provide will be used to guide NMSU Center of Innovation’s future trainings to support providers in achieving the EMDR qualifications required for the EMDR specific rate.

EBP Provider Suggestion Form

Are you able to recommend specific provider agencies interested in or practicing EMDR or other Evidence-Based Practices or would like to share other outreach opportunities EBP providers can be recruited from? If so, complete the EBP Provider Suggestion Form  



Visit the Kase & CO for more information about EMDR trainers. 

Visit the Treatment Implementation Collaborative for more information about the DBT trainers. 

Upcoming EBP Trainings