About The EMDR Institute

Guiding Pathways to EMDR Mastery and Innovation

We are dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in the development and promotion of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Founded by Dr. Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR, our institute stands at the forefront of mental health treatment, delivering unparalleled EMDR training and education to professionals worldwide.

Our Vision

We envision a world where the distress from traumatic experiences no longer holds a grip on the human psyche. Through our rigorous training programs and ongoing research, we are committed to making EMDR therapy accessible and effective for all those in need.


Our Founder: Dr. Francine Shapiro

Dr. Francine Shapiro, a distinguished psychologist and educator, discovered EMDR therapy in 1987. Her pioneering work has opened a new frontier in psychotherapy, offering hope and healing to millions. Under her guidance, the EMDR Institute has become a beacon of professional learning and therapeutic innovation.


Our Training Programs

Our training programs are the gold standard for EMDR education. Structured for both novice and experienced therapists, our curriculum is comprehensive, evidence-based, and hands-on. We ensure that every participant gains the theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply EMDR therapy effectively in their practice.


Our Global Impact

With a network of international partners and trainers, the EMDR Institute has empowered therapists across the globe. Our alumni are a testament to our impact, successfully integrating EMDR therapy into their work and catalyzing change in diverse communities.


Why Choose Us?

  • Foundational Methods: Our training is rooted in the original protocols developed by our founder, Dr. Francine Shapiro. While Dr. Shapiro is no longer with us, her pioneering spirit and groundbreaking methodologies continue to guide our programs.
  • Quality: Our curriculum is rigorously designed and regularly updated to reflect the ongoing advancements in EMDR research and practice, ensuring that you receive education that embodies the highest standards of the field.
  • Expert Trainers: Our trainers are esteemed professionals who have mastered Dr. Shapiro's protocols. They are not only adept in EMDR therapy but are also skilled educators, committed to delivering an exceptional learning experience.
  • Support: We are dedicated to providing our trainees with continuous support, offering resources and consultation opportunities to foster proficiency and confidence in the practice of EMDR therapy.
  • Recognition: The EMDR Institute’s training programs are a mark of excellence recognized internationally, distinguishing our trainees as well-versed practitioners in the original EMDR techniques.