Dear participants of EMDR Basic training,
This is a message for all those that enrolled in Basic EMDR Training or interested in participating in it during this period. As you are aware that due to the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, face-to-face EMDR training cannot be held at some places in Asia. EMDR Asia is in the process of making guidelines for online basic EMDR training which will be offered by local trainers at these places. Please note that some private trainers are offering online / virtual EMDR basic training but they are not approved / accredited by EMDR Asia and/or the local EMDR organization. We urge you not to attend these trainings since the certificates provided by these private trainers will not be recognized by EMDR Asia. Kindly do not hesitate to contact us at or / for further information or clarification.

Virtual Training

Free psychological help for Covid 19 related issues
Psychologists and Counsellors of Sri Lanka EMDR Association offer psychological help for Covid 19 related issues, free of charge. Please call any of the following telephone numbers for appointment.
* Confidentiality is assured. Call Now: 077 7 599 113 / 071 4 228 358



Welcome to the EMDR Sri Lanka. This is the professional Association of EMDR Therapists which tries to impart information about EMDR to the general public and connect all the EMDR therapists to one another so that they can support and learn from each other.

EMDR Association of Sri Lanka

The EMDR Association of Sri Lanka is a group of professionals from the field of mental health , who are practicing Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists who have undertaken training in the "EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)" Therapy.

EMDR in Sri Lanka
EMDR was first introduced to Sri Lanka after the Tsunami of December 2004 . A whole lot of therapists with a variety of theoretical backgrounds came to Sri Lanka in order to help thousands of those who were affected. EMDR was one of them. The first team of EMDR therapists came to Sri Lanka in 2005.
How to be an EMDR therapist?
Different EMDR Associations in the world have their own qualifications for training in EMDR. They are guided mostly by their own EMDR Associations. Here in Sri Lanka we abide by the guideline set by the EMDRASIA Association.
EMDR Research Foundation
Founded, in 2006, the EMDR Research Foundation is a registered 501c3 dedicated to the promotion of quality, unbiased research in EMDR therapy. In an effort to inform, strengthen and expand the understanding and effective use of EMDR, ultimately the Foundation enhances the quality of life for people.
Image Gallery

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic method for helping clients to let go of distressing memories and to think differently about their trauma. After a successful EMDR session, the client may even have difficulty recalling their formerly upsetting traumatic experience. Often clients report that when they started the EMDR procedure, the trauma memory was like a video with sounds and sensations. After the session, the trauma memory is more like a still, black and white photograph. Given the world wide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, one can easily see how EMDR also would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are a reason, people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad of problems that bring them in for therapy. Since first discovered over 25 years ago by a Psychologist, Dr.Francine Shapiro, millions of people have been treated successfully over the years and, now over 70,000 clinicians throughout the world use this as their primary therapy. There has been so much research on EMDR that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences, by many International Psychiatric and Psychological Associations. more