Clinical Applications

EMDR Therapy Evaluated Clinical Applications EMDR is now widely recognized as a first line treatment of trauma (e.g., American Psychiatric Association, 2004; Bisson & Andrew, 2007; Bleich et al., 2002; CREST, 2003; DVA/DoD, 2004; Foa et al., 2009; INSERM, 2004; NICE, 2005) EMDR clinical applications are based upon the adaptive information processing model (AIP; see …

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Phobia and Panic Disorder Studies

Although there are many anecdotal reports of successful EMDR treatments of social phobia, to date no studies have investigated the treatment of this disorder. Several studies have treated persons with complaints associated with social anxiety disorder, such as performance and test anxiety1, but participants were not assessed for social phobia. There is a small body …

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Comparison of EMDR

As outlined in the History of EMDR section, when the first EMDR study1 was published in 1989, the first three cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) studies on the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder were also published. One2 used desensitization with civilian participants, and two3,4 tested flooding (exposure) with veteran participants. All achieved only moderate effects after …

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Efficacy

The Efficacy of EMDR EMDR is now accepted as a treatment of choice by numerous mental health departments and trauma organizations. EMDR has a broad base of published case reports and controlled research that supports it as an empirically validated treatment of trauma and other adverse life experiences. The Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs …

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Dual Attention Stimuli

During phases 4 through 6 of EMDR1 [see A Brief Description of EMDR for more information on the eight phases of EMDR] clients focus on their distressing or desired experiences at the same time as they attend to a dual attention stimulus. Eye movements are the most commonly used dual attention stimulus, but tapping, tactile …

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Frequent Questions

What is EMDR therapy? For Clinicians: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro, 1989a, 1989b). Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive Information Processing model posits that EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to …

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What is EMDR?

FOR CLINICIANS Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro, 1989a, 1989b). Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive Information Processing model posits that EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an …

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