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EMDR Consultation

Until further notice all consultation services are being provided by video conferencing due to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.




         EMDR Consultation Groups for Fall 2020

Do you ever:
-  wish you could use EMDR Therapy with more of your current clients?
-  want to increase your technical skills in EMDR’s multiple applications?
-  long to increase your confidence when doing EMDR?
-  want to talk about your challenges with others using EMDR Therapy?

EMDR Group Consultation can help you accomplish each of these. There will be eight different EMDR consultation groups via video conferencing, so your location does not matter. All you need is access to a reliable internet connection that will support a video conference platforms.

The new  EMDRIA Consultation Packet  (2020) has been released. There are changes in how Individual Consultation Hours for Certification are obtained. The changes took effect Jan. 1, 2020. Now Individual Consultation hours can only be accumulated when 1, 2 or 3 consultees are meeting with an Approved Consultant.

Given the new rules, I am offering “small groups” for accumulating “individual consultation hours” on a pro-rated basis. For example, if a group of 3 consultees meet for 2 hours, everybody will receive 0.66 hr of individual consultation + 1.33 hr of group consultation.

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New  Adapting Your Skills to Virtual EMDR    New

     Monday 6-8 pm E.T. - small group (max. 3) for individual hrs towards Certification

As long as COVID restrictions continue EMDR Therapists need to decide whether to adapt their clinical skills to doing EMDR online or, by default, to stop offering their most effect therapeutic tool.

This series of four 2-hour consultation sessions will focus on using EMDR online. Pre-requisites are:

  • you are committed to quickly starting to (or already) doing Virtual EMDR;
  • read/watch information about adapting current skills to doing Virtual EMDR.

Immediately upon completing registration participants will receive materials for adapting their clinical skills to Virtual EMDR. You need to become familiar with this material outside the group because the information will not be “taught” during consultations. The focus of this consultation groups is your cases/questions/issues while doing Virtual EMDR.

The 8 hours spent in the Virtual EMDR consultation series will be eligible for pro-rated “individual hours” towards the designation EMDRIA Certified in EMDR.

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This is the schedule for the various groups.  The meeting times are shown in Eastern Time Zone. If you need assistance to convert to your time zone  click here .

- Mondays, 9-11 a.m. ET – small group (max 3) for individual hours for Certification  FULL

Mondays, 1-3 p.m. ET - focus on Virtual EMDR (max 3) small group for individual hours for Certification  FULL

- Mondays, 3-5 p.m. ET – small group (max 3) for individual hours for Certification  Cancelled


  • Monday dates are: Sept 14, Oct 5, Nov 9, & Dec 7


- Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. ET - large group (6 max) for group hours for Certification   2 spaces

- Wednesdays, 12-2 p.m. ET – Consultants-in-Training group, 4 max. [6 sessions spread over 12 months]  FULL

- Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. ET – large group (6 max) for group hrs for Certification  Cancelled

  • Wednesday 9 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. dates are: Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11 & Dec 9
  • Wednesday 12 p.m. CIT group dates are: Sept 9, Oct 14 & Nov 11


Fridays 9-11 a.m. ET – large group (6 max) for group hours for Certification  1 space

Fridays 12-2 p.m. ET – large group (6 max) for group hours for Certification  2 spaces

  • Friday dates are: Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13 & Dec 11

- One-to-one monthly consultation at a time mutually agreed upon with Jim


Prerequisites for participating in Consultation Groups are completion of EMDRIA-approved Basic Training and having an active clinical caseload in which you are using EMDR. All these hours are eligible towards the EMDRIA Certified in EMDR  credential.

Prerequisites for participating in the Consultant in Training (CIT) Group are being EMDRIA Certified in EMDR and having at least 1 EMDR consultee. All these hours are eligible for the  Approved Consultant in EMDR    credential.

How hourly price for consultations are calculated

The price for consultation is calculated based on your “standard clinical rate” which is defined as the hourly fee you charge, before discounts. Consultees who work ONLY in community based non-profits are offered a reduced consultation fee. 

For consultees who are in private practice, sub-contractors, & similar, I use a sliding scale in recognition that fees in our sector vary widely. If your standard clinical rate falls within the range of $120 - $180, the fee I charge will be calculated based on that rate.

How I determine “base consultation rate”:  

  • standard clinical rates below $120/hr, are calculated at a “base consultation rate” of $120
  • standard clinical rates above $180/hr, are calculated at a “base consultation rate” of $180
  • standard clinical rates between $120 - $180 use the specific amount as the “base calculation rate”

13% HST is applied to all consultation fees

Consultation Rates for (exclusively) Non-profit Staff

use $100/hr as “base consultation rate”

Consultation for EMDRIA Individual Hours

one-to-one > base consultation rate X 1.0

small group (max. 3) > base consultation rate X 0.5

Consultation for EMDRIA Group Hours

large group (6 max.) > base consultation rate X 0.33

Consultants in Training Group

Consultants in Training Group (max. 4) > base consultation rate X 0.5

Virtual EMDR-focused Group

small group (max. 3) > base consultation rate X 0.5


Calculating the total cost of your consultation series is done automatically at the bottom of the Registration Form  based on information you provide.

The formula used for calculating your cost for Consultation Series is: 

$_______  X   ____   +   $___.__    =    $_____.___

cost/hr      # of hrs    13% HST      TOTAL COST


Payment is due Aug 31, 2020.

E-transfer to  JimLichti@gmail.com  is the preferred payment method. Cheques are an alternative, mailed to:

Jim Lichti

651 Columbia Forest Blvd.

Waterloo ON     N2V 2K7

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                     About EMDR Consultation

EMDR Consultation is a professional development activity for clinicians who have completed an EMDRIA-approved Basic Training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization & reprocessing).

The purposes of EMDR Consultation are:

  • to hasten development of conceptual and technical skills in EMDR’s multiple applications
  • to learn how to incorporate EMDR into your existing clinical practice
  • to increase your confidence in using EMDR
  • to complete the 10 hours consultation required for  EMDR Training
  • to qualify to become  EMDRIA Certified in EMDR 
  • to qualify to become an  EMDRIA Approved Consultant
  • to keep current with clinical developments in this rapidly evolving specialty


 EMDR consultation can be done individually or in small groups. The consultee(s) determine the agenda based on questions/issues arising from their clinical cases. Typical agenda items include:

  •  discussing clinical challenges
  •  integrating EMDR into treatment plans
  •  determining client readiness
  •  conceptualizing the set-up for EMDR sessions
  •  problem solving ineffective sessions
  •  identifying red flags with clients
  •  identifying sources of further information and skill development
  • exploring emerging concepts and applications in EMDR practice

Currently I provide EMDR consultation via:

  •  face-to-face meetings or video conferencing with individuals
  •  face-to-face meetings or video conferencing with groups. 


                   About the Consultant

Jim Lichti, MSW, RSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant was one of the first Canadians trained in EMDR in 1993. Since then he has conducted thousands of EMDR treatment sessions. He began offering EMDR consultation in 1996. He is EMDRIA Certified in EMDR and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.

Jim was a Facilitator with the EMDR Institute Inc. (1996-2003) and a Facilitator with Niagara Trauma & Stress Clinic (2003-18). He was a founding Board member of EMDR Canada from 1995-2004 and continues to serve as the Chair of their Professional Affairs Committee. Jim also served on the Membership Committee of the EMDR International Association  from 2006-17. He is also a sponsor of EMDR advanced clinical workshops.

Expanding the role of EMDR Therapy in more of your clinical cases is a goal of consultation. Jim conducted original research on current practices in EMDR consultation for which he was awarded the 2005 EMDR Canada Research Award. He has presented on this topic six times at the EMDR International Association conference and the EMDR Canada conference as part of his commitment to raising the quality of EMDR treatment provided by psychotherapists.

Jim belongs to the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. He was a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and belonged to the Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy  from 1984-2017. Jim was an Associate Practicum Professor – Part-time, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University  from 1984-2016. During that time he was the Practicum Supervisor for 25 Masters students from WLU, University of Toronto and University of Waterloo.

Jim was employed full time in the mental health field for 40+ years. He now works part-time, including an extensive consultation practice. Clinically, Jim specializes in working with trauma, particularly with survivors of abuse and neglect and with motor vehicle accident injuries. He has extensive experience working on multidisciplinary teams in both Children's Mental Health Centres and Community Health Centres.