Research and Treatment Guidelines for EMDR

EMDR therapy is extensively researched and widely recognized as effective trauma therapy. EMDR therapy is recognized as evidenced-based treatment for PTSD and other trauma and stressor disorders in treatment guidelines published by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the World Health Organization, and a growing number of national and international organizations. Treatment guidelines are based on reviews that evaluate the research of established evidence-based mental health treatments.

EMDR Research Articles and Posts

EMDR Therapy and Self-Harm

March 21, 2022

Note: Information on this page could be sensitive to some readers. If in crisis, text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor,…

Top 10 Tips for EMDR Therapists Working With Depression

March 7, 2022

Top 10 Tips for EMDR Therapists Working With Depression Guest Blog Post by EMDRIA Member Rachael Miller, LCPC, NCC 1. Carefully Timed Cognitive Interweaves…

EMDR Therapy: Insights to Serving Black Populations

February 21, 2022

In this post we highlight EMDRIA members voicing their answers to “What is something you would like EMDR therapists to know about Black and African American populations?”

Olympic Speed Skater Used EMDR Therapy to Help with Tension and Insomnia

February 18, 2022

Jorrit Bergsma, a Netherlands ice speed skater, and marathon skater is a three-time Olympic medal winner is currently competing in his second Winter Olympics…

Online EMDR Therapy: Recent Research and Overview

February 11, 2022

Can EMDR Therapy be Done Online? Pre-pandemic, this question was met with skepticism. Maybe a few therapists who were already digitally savvy were making…

EMDR Therapy and Dissociation Challenges GWT Issue

January 21, 2022

Dissociation is a disconnection between a person’s thoughts, sensory experience, memory, and/or sense of identity. On a mild level, dissociation is a common experience…

Compiled in 2022, a list of EMDR meta-analyses and systematic reviews. Meta-analyses analyze evidence based research and are often used for data in treatment guidelines for standardized care. Systematic reviews summarize research on a specific question or topic. In medical or health care fields, they often assess the strength of evidence present in a treatment in the field. This list is an ongoing work in progress.

A 2016 bibliography of EMDR Research with short descriptions, this document covers a wide range of peer-reviewed journal articles about EMDR including meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, non-randomized studies, and reviews of efficacy and treatment models. It also includes international treatment guidelines and recommendations from mental health agencies.