EMDR Training New Zealand

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is 1 of 2 treatments recommended by the World Health Organisation for the treatment of trauma related problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Its discovery in 1989 by Dr Francine Shapiro transformed the treatment landscape for these types of problems. EMDR therapy is now being used for a wider set of mental health conditions where memories have been stored with residual cognitive, emotional and somatic disturbance. EMDR Therapy is one of the most complex psychotherapies and a high level of experience and academic rigour is required before being eligible to undertake the training.

In 2023 and 2024, Dr Tom Flewett will be teaching EMDR Therapy Basic Training through Otago University Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington Campus. This comprehensive training has been designed to meet the needs of New Zealand’s mental health practitioners. It is aligned with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tailored to New Zealand’s unique culture and environment.

Otago University is proud to be offering Aotearoa New Zealand’s first University-based postgraduate training in EMDR Therapy.