Welcome to EMDR Asia

Advocating recovery, representation and standards across Asia

The Legacy of Dr Francine Shapiro

Dear colleagues in the EMDR Asia fraternity and community, 

Yesterday, we received news (18th June 2019) that our esteemed colleague and founder Dr Francine Shapiro has passed away. 

We are very saddened by the news, especially for the fact that EMDR Asia owes a debt of gratitude to Dr Francine for its development and standing today. 

We will always acknowledge her great contribution to the field of trauma in which she has pioneered a work that has alleviated the sufferings of millions around the world. 

Dr Francine has left a wonderful and amazing legacy behind. The Francine Shapiro library is testament to the amount of research done around the world on EMDR. 

We, as members of the EMDR Asia community and fraternity, will always miss Dr Francine. 

May her soul rest in peace. 

Dr Matthew Woo

On behalf of EMDR Asia


4th EMDR Asia conference@Thailand@3rd to 5th January 2020

Early Bird rates before 1st September 2019, do register now! Do check out http://asia.emdrthailand.org/ for more details!

What we stand for


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Welcome to EMDR Asia!

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR as it is called in short, is a path breaking tool in psychotherapy. Discovered in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the United States of America, this method of healing has proven effective in the treatment of traumatic stress disorders and the effects of disturbing life events. Based on the evidence of controlled research, the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense recommend EMDR as an effective treatment of trauma. Most international health guidelines recommend EMDR as the first line of treatment in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Most countries in the Americas and Europe have national EMDR associations to train, supervise, standardize and upgrade EMDR practitioners.

Asia has been prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, tsunami and other manmade disasters such as war, deprivation, various forms of abuse, neglect and betrayal for many years now. All these traumatic events cause cascades of stress and human misery. Based on the Adaptive Information Processing model, EMDR has been used extensively to heal such victims throughout Asia. EMDR is now being taught and utilized in many Asian countries. It is now our initiative to bring together all the Asian EMDR practitioners under the united umbrella of EMDR ASIA. This ongoing endeavour needs your support and patronage. Please check this website for the latest update on EMDR ASIA.

        - Forward by Dr Sushma Mehrotra, Founder President for EMDR Asia

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About us

Our History, Our Constitution, Our Standards, Our Influence

History and developments of EMDR Asia (pdf)


Terms and Reference for EMDR Asia (pdf)


EMDR Asia Training Accreditation and Standard Panel_Role and Scope (pdf)


Journal_HAP Implementation and Practice (pdf)


Journal_Prevention Treatment Guidelines_ISSTS (pdf)



Upcoming EMDR Asia Conference@Bangkok@Thailand


The EMDR Asia Conference in Bangkok, Thailand is scheduled for January 3rd to 5th, 2020.

The next board meeting to discuss pre-conference preparations will be on 16th Feburary 2019@Mumbai@India.

Watch this space for more developments!

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Previous EMDR Asia conferences


1. 1st EMDR Asia Conference_Bali, Indonesia, 2010

2. 2nd EMDR Asia Conference_Manila, Phillipines, 2014

3. 3rd EMDR Asia Conference_Shanghai, China, 2017

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Recent EMDR Asia trainings


1. Advanced specialty application workshop (EMDR therapy protocols for early intervention and ongoing traumatic stress, includes the EMDR-IGTP and the EMDR-PRECI;  

workshop and protocols developed and authored by Dr Ignacio (Nacho) Jarero©) by Kelly Smyth-Dent @ Dhaka @ Bangladesh @ 6th - 9th November 2018

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