The EMDR Association of Hong Kong

The EMDR Association of Hong Kong (EMDRHK) was established in May 2002. Since its foundation, EMDRHK has been consistently offering professional EMDR therapy basic trainings that are accredited by the EMDR Institute (USA) and EMDR Asia, and align with the “Approved EMDR Training Curriculum” of EMDRIA (EMDR International Association). Trainees who complete the training will receive a Certificate of Completion, and will be listed in the Registry of EMDR Therapists in Hong Kong. The Certificate of Completion is recognized not only in Hong Kong but also globally, including by the EMDR Institute (USA), EMDR Asia, EMDRIA (USA), and European EMDR Associations.

EMDRHK is the sole EMDR authority in Hong Kong, which is exclusively acknowledged and endorsed by EMDR Asia, and fully devoted to meeting the needs of Hong Kong.

Mission Statements

For Therapists:

  • To offer comprehensive and professional EMDR therapy training to psychologists, counselors, and other therapists in Hong Kong.
  • To address all the needs of the EMDR therapy community in Hong Kong, including regular refreshers and updates, supervision for therapists handling complex cases, and a platform for discussion among therapists.

For the Public:

  • To maintain a publicly accessible Registry of all therapists who have completed the full EMDR therapy basic training, who are fully qualified and authorized to provide EMDR therapy in Hong Kong.
  • To provide a “Find an EMDR Therapist” list for individuals in our community who need EMDR therapy.


Officers of the EMDR Association of Hong Kong


  • Prof. Atara Sivan

Executive Committee:

  • Prof. Atara Sivan
  • Prof. Petrus Ng Yat Nam

Prof. Atara Sivan (B.A., M.A. (Cum Laude), PgDE, Ph.D)

Prof. Atara Sivan is an EMDR Trainer certified by the American EMDR Institute, Inc. (USA). Atara is also the Director of the Centre for Trauma Treatment and Well-being (CTTW) of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. Prof. Atara Sivan is the Head of the Department of Education Studies of the Hong Kong Baptist University. She obtained her BA and MA in Education majoring in Youth Counseling, her PgDE in Israel and her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Hong Kong. Atara is also a Gestalt Therapist trained and certified by the Gestalt Associates Training in Los Angeles. Drawing on her own successful use of EMDR in practice in Hong Kong, Israel, and Europe and seeing the benefits of EMDR therapy for Hong Kong community, Prof. Sivan has founded, in 2002 and together with good colleagues, the EMDR Association of Hong Kong (‘EMDRHK’). Under her leadership, EMDRHK has been training hundreds of Hong Kong therapists and promoting EMDR practice, research and education within Hong Kong and the region. To best prepare clinicians to conduct EMDR therapy and based on her extensive study on professional reflection, Prof. Sivan has developed the Group Sharing and Case Consultation sessions which provide an ongoing facilitative forum for learning and development of EMDRHK clinicians. Prof. Sivan is also the founder and chairperson of the Centre for Trauma Treatment and Well-being at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Baptist University. The Centre provides an excellent synergy by bringing together researchers and practitioners who could contribute to the well-being of the population and to the academic field of knowledge through clinical and educational research about the use of EMDR within the Chinese context. In recent years Prof. Sivan joined hands to establish the EMDR Asia Association, and she is now serving as an active member of its board. Atara has published extensively on a range of areas including youth development, leisure education and learning communities through books and journal articles. She is regularly invited as a keynote speaker to international conferences. To further contribute to the society, Prof. Sivan serves as an executive member of several NGOs and community chest associations in Hong Kong, helping people in need. She has been locally and internationally recognized for her contributions by being the recipient of several prestigious awards including International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology; Hillel Ruskin Memorial Scholar Lecture Award; George Torkildsen Literary Award; and 2015 HKBU Knowledge Transfer Award.

Prof. Petrus Ng Yat Nam (HonDip SOWK, BA, MA, Ph.D, PsyD, FHKPCA, RSW)

Prof. Petrus Ng received his Honours Diploma in Social Work and BA (Distinction) from the Hong Kong Baptist University, MA and Ph.D. from University of Essex, UK and PsyD (clinical psychology) from California School of Professional Psychology, AIU, US (Hong Kong program, CityU). A social worker with clinical training, he is now teaching at Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Social Work. He teaches courses that include social work theory and practice in group work, psychiatric rehabilitation, and mental disorders, crisis intervention and holistic mental health and cognitive behavioral therapy. Prof. Ng was also trained as a family therapist with Yang Ackerman Institute for the Family. He has been certified as a qualified cognitive therapist by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, USA, since 2006. He started to use EMDR in his practice with people suffering from anxiety disorder, depression and PTSD after EMDR training in 2002 and has been involved in EMDR training since 2014. Prof. Ng has served as the President of Hong Kong Professional Counseling Association since 2018. His research focuses on psychiatric rehabilitation, mental health counseling and group work, and whole-person development, and has publications and book chapters in high ranking international journals and refereed books.