When looking for an EMDR therapist you may want to ask if they were trained in Level 1 and 2 of Basic Training. It would also be important to consider if the therapist receives consultation, has reached EMDRIA certification, attends advanced trainings regularly and what advanced protocols do they practice. I believe it's imperative for an EMDR therapist to be knowledgeable in dissociation as well which is a common trauma response.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy, people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that ONCE took years to make a difference.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
EMDR therapy demonstrates a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.
The brains information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and causes intense emotional suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.