Only trainings that are approved by the EMDR NZ Association are advertised on this website.  Currently we have authorised EMDR Institute trainers. The EMDR Institute trainings are identical across the world and recognised by all participating countries.  The EMDR Institute website ( gives more information about their trainings as well as general information about EMDR therapy. EMDRNZ welcomes applications from other internationally accredited  trainers to conduct training in NZ.

An EMDR Institute Basic Training is conducted over two lots of 3 day trainings to ensure that the participants optimise their exposure to the practice of EMDR.  The 3 day trainings are called Basic Training 1 (formally called Weekend 1) and Basic Training 2 (formally called Weekend 2) , and after each 3 day training participants are encouraged to practise their newly learned skills and then attend 5 hours of supervision/case consultation.  This case consultation must occur after Basic Training 1 to be eligible to attend Basic Training 2, and the second block of case consultation must occur after Basic Training 2 for Basic Training to be completed.  It is for this reason that you cannot do Basic Training 1 and  2 at the same set of trainings.

Basic Training Overview:  The EMDR Therapy Basic Training  (both 1 and 2) is restricted to licensed mental health practitioners who treat adults and/or children in a clinical setting (see Qualification Section). EMDR is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self esteem issues related to disturbing events and current life issues.   The Basic Training course is a mix of theoretical and experiential training which seeks to familiarise participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR therapy applications to allow for the comfortable and efficient use of EMDR therapy with a wide range of clients and situations.  Because EMDR is a specialised approach to therapy it requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety.  The training consists of lectures, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practise. Workshop trainers have passed rigorous competency based examinations before being certified to conduct trainings.

Basic Training Certificate of Completion Requirements: To complete the full Basic Training requirements you must have completed the following

  • Completion of Basic Training 1 and Basic Training 2 trainings, which each consist of a three day course including 10 hrs of didactic and 10 hrs of supervised practice,
  •  Read the textbook EMDR: Basic principles, Protocols and Procedures (Shapiro 2001)
  • Had a total of 10 hrs of case consultation with an EMDR Institute Approved Consultant. This can be in individual or group format with regular group supervision being offered to ensure the supervision requirements can be met in a timely way.

Prerequisite Qualifications for Attending Basic Training in EMDR: Training is restricted to mental health professionals (with clinical experience) who have a minimum of a four year tertiary qualification (post graduate level or equivalent) in the mental health sector.   A minimum of NZQA level 8 is required.

Qualifications include:

  • Fully registered health professionals with specialist training in mental health (Psychiatry, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Nurses, Mental Health Social workers).  Training needs to include training in specific psychological interventions, like CBT, DBT etc.
  • Mental health professionals not covered by NZ legislation e.g. Counsellors who have a minimum of 4 years academic study, including a Master’s degree or have completed post-graduate qualifications (Honours, Post Graduate Diploma or higher) in mental health; have undertaken training in specific psychological interventions and have worked two years full time (or part time equivalent) under supervision in a mental health setting.
  • All clinicians should be registered with their professional association.
  • If your Postgraduate degree is in process you may not practice EMDR without supervision until the degree is completed.

Other applicants may be considered but should have relevant academic qualifications, training in psychological interventions and work experience in the mental health sector. If interested in the training, please apply directly to the trainer who will let you know if you are eligible. If the trainer is unsure they will ask the association to consider your application.

Advanced and Speciality Trainings

After basic Training is completed other levels of training include becoming an Accredited Clinician, a  Case Consultant (supervisor)  and completing Masterclass training.

  • Accredited EMDR Clinicians have demonstrated their on-going proficiency in EMDR practice.  They are required to met set criteria in terms of one year clinical practice of EMDR after completion of basic training, completion of a minimum of 50 EMDR sessions, have treated a minimum number of 25 clients, and undertaken a minimum of 20 hrs clinical supervision with an EMDR NZ Consultant, which includes witnessing the applicants EMDR clinical work through a video recording or in-vivo, supplied 2 references, one from an EMDRNZ Consultant and the second from a person who can comment about the applicants professional practice and standing.  Lastly, the applicant must be a member of the EMDRNZ Association.
  • Masterclass Training typically occurs once every two years in NZ.  The Masterclass Trainers advertised on this website are endorsed by the EMDR Institute. Masterclass covers the advanced practise of EMDR.   A prerequisite to completing Masterclass is attending the Structural Dissociation training which is offered immediately prior to Masterclass.  Masterclass training provides lectures, videos and experiential practicums working with complex trauma and dissociation.
  • EMDR Association NZ  Case Consultants have completed the highest level of training in their practice.  They must have a minimum of 3 yrs experience in EMDR, have treated a broad range of diagnosis and complexity of clients, have completed a minimum of 300 EMDR sessions, have treated  a minimum of 75 clients, participated in consultation of consultation for a minimum of 20 hrs by an EMDR consultant, participate in regular supervision of their EMDR clinicial work, have undertaken a minimum of 24 hrs of EMDR related Continuous Professional Development since finishing basic Training, and submitted a minimum of three video recordngs or in-vivo sesisons of an EMDR clinical session, an individual EMDR clinical supervision session, and a group EMDR clinical supervision.


As already noted, only Internationally Accredited Trainers ( e.g, EMDRIA, EMDR Europe, EMDR Asia, EMDR Institute), who have applied to and who have been approved by EMDRNZ are eligible to provide accredited trainings in NZ. The trainers currently approved to provide NZ based training are Sigmund Burzynski and Dr Tom Flewett.

  • Dr Tom Flewett is a Generalist Psychiatrist in public practice in New Zealand. He specialises in treating trauma, addictions, and dissociation. Details of his upcoming training can be found at
  • Sigmund is an Australian based Psychologist who travels to NZ to give his training.  He also conducts trainings in Australia and Asia which New Zealanders are welcome to attend. Details of his training can be found at Sigmund also organises the Masterclass level of training, which can be registered for on his website.



Ranka Margetic Sosa is running group case consultation in Wellington Basic training 1 and 2 EMDR mixed group consultation, Saturday 15 Sept 2018.  Venue  is: La Bella Italia Business Centre, 10 Nevis Street, Petone, Lower Hutt Duration: 10 am till 4 pm.  Participants who are interested should contact her directly on 021 027 38509 or email

Astrid Katzur (Clinical Psychologist) is running group case consultation for Weekend 1 on 29.10.2018 from 9 – 4  in Wellington.  The venue is The Practice, Level 6, 85 The terrace, Wellington 6011.  People can register by sending an email on or contacting her on her mobile 021 1573494.

Irene Begg (Counsellor – EMDR Facilitator/Case Consultant) is running group case consultation in Auckland on Friday 28th Sept for Weekend One trainees and Saturday 29th Sept for Weekend Two trainees    (venue to be advised).   Apologies that the group case consultation scheduled for July has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.  Irene is also running group case consultation  in Rotorua on Friday 26th Oct for Weekend One trainees and Saturday 27th Oct for weekend 2 trainees.  All case consultations are 9am – 3pm. Please email   to register your attendance, or for further details phone Irene Begg on 027 3493536.

Irene Begg and Glenda Wallace are running group supervision in NELSON for Weekend 1 on Friday 16 Nov 9 to 4 and Weekend 2 Saturday 17 Nov 9 to 4. Venue to be advised. Contact Irene for more information




October 5-7 2018, Wellington:            Basic Training 2 (prev. Weekend 2), Dr Tom Flewett, EMDR Institute Trainer (

Nov 30 – 2 Dec 2018, Christchurch:    Basic Training 2 (prev. Weekend 2), Dr Tom Flewett, EMDR Institute Trainer (


January 12 & 13 2019,  Melbourne:    The Flash technique and EMDR Masterclass, Philip Manfield

Dates TBA, Auckland:                        Part 1 & 2 of Basic Training, Sigmund Burzynski,  EMDR Institute Trainer (

March 5 2019, Wellington:                 The Sleeping Dogs Method, Stabilisation for children, Arianne Struik (

March 6 & 7 2019, Wellington:           EMDR Child Training,  Carlijn de Roos: (

May 6-8 2019, Wellington:                 Part 1 of Basic Training, Dr Tom Flewett,  EMDR Training New Zealand (

Dates TBA, Melbourne                       Masterclass, Carol Forgash,  APS Australia

November 4-6 2019, Wellington:       Part 2 of Basic Training, Dr Tom Flewett, EMDR Training New Zealand (