Evergreen Certified EMDR Clinician

Who is Eligible

Independently licensed, master’s prepared mental health professionals, including:

  1. Counselor
  2. Marriage and Family Therapist
  3. Psychologist
  4. Social Worker
  5. Psychiatric Nurse

Learn more about who can become a certified EMDR clinician from our detailed list of eligible EMDR professionals.

Training Requirements

A minimum of 42 education hours, including 18 hours specific to trauma, 18 hours specific to EMDR, and 6 clinical practice hours. Learn more about EMDR certification training requirements.

  1. 7-Day Retreat: EMDR Intensive Clinical Training
  2. 6-Month Online EMDR Certification Course by PESI - Certification Included!

Wondering if a course meets the requirements for EMDR certification? Submit a copy of or link to the course title, speaker, outline and learning objectives to info@evergreencertifications.com for review.

Please note that Evergreen Certifications does not offer continuing education, all training must be purchased directly through the accredited training organization. Training is not included in the certification fee. This certification is not affiliated with EMDRIA.


The applicant must participate in a minimum of 10 hours of EMDR-focused case review consultation sessions, with an Evergreen Certifications Approved Consultant*. The consultation sessions must be completed within 1 year of completion of education hours.

The applicant must have an Evergreen Certifications EMDR-C Approved Consultant* review your individual EMDR work. This can be done by video submission of an EMDR session to the consultant, having the consultant present for live observation of an EMDR session, or reviewing a transcript of an EMDR session with the consultant.

*If you are working with an EMDR consultant that is not listed as an Evergreen Certifications Approved Consultant, please have the consultant send a copy of their professional license and CV for Evergreen to review for approval to consultants@evergreencertifications.com

Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT, EMDR-C
5419 Omaha Place
Boulder, CO 80303
Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT, EMDR-C is a clinical psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, therapeutic yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma. She is the author of five books based upon her integrative, mind-body approach to trauma recovery: The Complex PTSD Workbook; The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook; A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD; EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology; and The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual. Her unique blend of spirituality and science can be found in her writings, guided trauma recovery programs, and applied Polyvagal Theory in yoga for trauma recovery. Dr. Schwartz is an accomplished teacher who guides therapists in the application of EMDR, somatic psychology, parts work therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of trauma and complex trauma. She has a succinct way of speaking about very complex topics. She is a longtime meditation and yoga practitioner with a passion for the outdoors; all of which she incorporates into her work as founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy in Boulder, Colorado where she maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation. Dr. Schwartz believes that the journey of trauma recovery is an awakening of the spiritual heart. Discover more at drarielleschwartz.com.

Karee Power, LCSW, EMDR-C
Karee Powers is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and a board-approved supervisor in Washington. Ms. Powers is also an EMDRIA Certified practitioner of EMDR as well as an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. She has been practicing EMDR for over 10 years and has been a member of EMDRIA since 2012. Ms. Powers earned her Master's in Social Work in 2007 from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Ms. Powers has extensive experience working with complex trauma, combat trauma, sexual trauma and grief, depression, ADHD, and anxiety. She has specialized training in resolving addictive and compulsive behavior with EMDR, using EMDR with children, and somatic therapy. Specialized populations include members of marginalized communities including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and neurodivergent individuals.

Kate D Haskell, LMHC, NCC, EMDR-C
801 Samish Way
Bellingham, WA 98226
Kate Haskell, LMHC, NBCC, EMDR-C (she/her) is a 30+ year clinician, trainer and public speaker. Kate is an Evergreen Certified EMDR Clinician (EMDR-C) as well as an EMDR-C consultant. For the past 20 years she has primarily been engaged in trauma focused treatment while utilizing EMDR and other trauma modalities. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has created and facilitated services for multiple school districts to address student and staff deaths. Kate brings extensive experience in vicarious trauma and strives to improve human service workers well-being. She demonstrates a warm, compassionate and direct communication style to engage individuals and allow them to explore their deepest questions. 

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CAADC, CCDPD, is a trauma specialist, veteran clinician, sought after national trainer, best-selling author on trauma and a film producer. Linda has trained thousands of mental health clinicians on trauma treatment across the country. She is President of Integrative Trauma, LLC, in Wilmington, Delaware and provides clients an integrative approach to trauma. As an individual and group psychotherapist, she treats simple and complex PTSD in adolescent and adult populations-including clients with comorbid conditions -- eating disorders, sexual trauma, self injury, and attachment related trauma.

Sarah Freeze, LCSW, EMDR-C
1221 S Clarkson StSuite 206
Denver, CO 80210
Sarah is a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker in private practice based out of Denver, CO. Her practice includes psychotherapy, EMDR therapy intensives, clinical supervision, and consultation. She specializes in treating trauma/PTSD and utilizes EMDR, psychodynamic, and sandtray therapies. Sarah takes a trauma-informed approach, meaning she incorporates an understanding of how trauma impacts the body, brain, and spirit. Her passion is working with adults who have experienced childhood abuse, neglect, and emotional non-recognition. Sarah is passionate about using a person-centered and culturally-informed framework. She considers how the environment, society, and culture influences personal development and well-being. This includes the impact of racism, sexism, and heteronormativity on one’s mental and physical health. Sarah collaborates with her clients to create a secure environment for emotional growth, promoting an internal sense of freedom. In addition to private practice, Sarah has clinical experience in community/agency settings working with children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse, sexual assault, physical abuse, and/or domestic violence. She also has a research background and takes great care in applying clinical research into practice. Discover more at sarahfreezelcsw.com.

Stacy Ruse , LPC, EMDR-C
825 Delaware Ave #206
Longmont, CO 80501
Stacy is passionate about being able to help therapists grow, deepen, and make a real difference in the world. She will inspire you to work more creatively and intuitively with even your most challenging cases. Areas of specialization include complex trauma, dissociation, PTSD, eating disorders, legacy burdens, OCD, phobias, as well as empaths, highly sensitive persons, first responders, and more. Stacy creates a sacred space for you to share and be authentic. Inviting in light-heartedness and laughter, whenever possible. There is enough seriousness in the world, and she values connecting and enjoying time together. She is always happy to answer questions, help with cases you bring, teach new skills and knowledge, and inspire you to go further than you believe you can in your work and on your path.

Application Process

  1. Complete a qualifying training
  2. Complete required reading
  3. Complete clinical consultation
  4. Upload the following documents to your account:
    1. A copy of the candidate’s professional license
    2. Evidence of completion of qualifying training, in the form of a CE or completion certificate
    3. A completed EMDR-C application form
    4. Completed EMDR Consultation Form
  5. Remit your initial application payment of 349.99 USD online


To maintain EMDR certification, a renewal is required after your initial 2-year certification. A 2-year renewal requires 12 clock hours of EMDR focused continuing education.

Sample EMDR-C renewal trainings include:

  1. EMDR Step-by-Step PLUS: Your Start to Finish Guide to Safe and Successful EMDR Therapy - By PESI
  2. EMDR & Parts Work for Treating Complex Trauma: Somatic Techniques to Decrease Defensiveness and Facilitate Trauma Processing - By PESI

Renewal CE content cannot be the same content used for prior renewal or initial certification

Renewal Process

  1. Complete a qualifying training
  2. Upload the following documents to your account:
    1. A copy of the candidate’s professional license
    2. Evidence of completion of qualifying training, in the form of a CE or completion certificate
  3. Remit your EMDR-C renewal fee of 149.99 USD online

Frequently Asked Questions

[+] [-] Do I have to be certified to use EMDR?
Certification is optional and not required to use EMDR; however, going through the EMDR-C certification process demonstrates that you are competent in both knowledge and understanding of complex trauma and EMDR skills. It is important to note that, while EMDR is a relatively easy skill to learn, processing traumatic memories is very difficult and requires additional training in complex and developmental trauma. Having the EMDR-C credential establishes trust with both clients and employers that you not only learned the EMDR skills, you have the proper training in trauma to use those skills, and have practiced using them with an EMDR expert.
[+] [-] Why should I become an Evergreen Certified EMDR Clinician (EMDR-C)?
Emphasis on becoming a trauma treatment expert is a unique facet that sets this EMDR certification apart from others in the field. To be truly trained and skilled at EMDR, you need to know quite a bit about trauma, including having some level of expertise in complex, developmental trauma. Earning the EMDR-C credential demonstrates that you are not only trained in EMDR skills, you also have the proper training and expertise in trauma to fully integrate EMDR into your clinical repertoire. Once your certification application is approved, you will receive a digital badge that can be used to display your achievement online.
[+] [-] I took an EMDR training a while ago, would it still count toward certification?
Evergreen Certifications will accept courses that have been completed within 3 years of initial application for certification.
[+] [-] For the required reading, do I have to choose only from the EMDR Therapy books listed in the certification standards?
No, as long as the books are practitioner books on the practice of EMDR Therapy they will be accepted. It is required to list the titles of the two books you read on the certification application.
[+] [-] What is consultation?
Consultation is a very important piece of the certification process to provide support as you implement the EMDR skills learned. Consultation will help you work through difficult cases, you’ll get to practice the skills, get recommendations, and feedback from other clinicians. Trauma is such a fragile thing and this is an opportunity to ensure that the EMDR skills are being used the way they are intended to be used and not causing more harm or problems for clients.
[+] [-] Can I receive consultation from more than 1 consultant?
To get the most out of the consultation experience, it is recommended to work with one consultant as that consultant will be better able to get to know your clinical skills and you will get the most out of the consultation process; however, if you do work with more than one consultant, you will need to submit a Consultation Completion Form from each consultant you work with.
[+] [-] What credential do I receive after getting certified?
When your certification application is approved, you may use the credential “EMDR-C”.
[+] [-] How long does my EMDR-C certification last?
Once your application is approved, your certification is granted for two years. To maintain certification, a renewal is required every two years.
[+] [-] Do I need to renew my certification?
Yes, to maintain certification, a renewal is required every two years.
[+] [-] How do I maintain my EMDR-C certification?
To maintain your EMDR-C certification, you need to renew your certification every two years. Renewal requires taking a minimum of 12 hours of EMDR-focused continuing education, submitting your completion certificate(s), a copy of your professional license, and the renewal fee to Evergreen Certifications. Re-certification training hours need to have been taken in the time since you were initially certified or last renewed. Renewals are calculated from the date that your certification was issued.
[+] [-] What happens if my EMDR-C certification expires?
If you allow your certification to lapse for more than 2 years, you are no longer eligible to renew your certification and instead can reapply for certification.
[+] [-] How do I get my digital badge?
Your digital badge is automatically in your online account when your certification is active.

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