Integrative eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and family therapy model for treating attachment trauma: Possibilities in the New Zealand context (Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologist)

This article presents an integrative approach for attachment trauma using EMDR therapy components.

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Comparison of the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) on the quality of life in adolescents with social anxiety disorder (Journal of Adolescent and Youth Psychological Studies)

This study compared effectiveness of CBT and EMDR on quality of life in adolescents with social anxiety disorder.

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When one tool is not enough: An integrative psychotherapeutic approach to treating complex PTSD (Journal of Clinical Psychology)

This article presents an integrative approach for treating CPTSD based on a combination of techniques from several psychotherapy approaches.

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Exploratory pedagogical research of a bespoke eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy training for midwives (Mental Health Science)

This paper evaluates a bespoke training for midwives in psychological therapy techniques (EMDR‐m) which were used to treat peripartum PTSD.

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Autonomic nervous system function before and after trauma-focused psychotherapy in youth with (partial) posttraumatic stress disorder (Psychoneuroendocrinology)

This article looks at the correlation between trauma-focused psychotherapy including EMDR therapy and alterations in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) in children and adolescents aged 8-18.

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12-month follow-up of intensive outpatient treatment for PTSD combining prolonged exposure therapy, EMDR and physical activity (BMC Psychiatry)

Long-term follow-up study for patients with PTSD treated with a combination of prolonged exposure, EMDR, and physical activity.

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Visual Schema Displacement Therapy versus Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy versus waitlist in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder: results of a randomized clinical trial (Frontiers in Psychiatry)

This randomized controlled trial investigated the use of Visual Schema Displacement Therapy (VSDT) vs EMDR therapy vs waitlist in the treatment of PTSD.

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The Impact and Adaptation of EMDR Therapy on the Taiwanese Deaf University Students (Journal of EMDR Practice and Research)

The Impact and Adaptation of EMDR Therapy on the Taiwanese Deaf University Students

Using EMDR with deaf adolescents adapting to hearing-dominated universities helped students stabilizing emotional arousal quickly.

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“Deaf adolescents from schools for the deaf face a difficult challenge adapting to hearing-dominated universities. They harbor stress or trauma from past interactions with the hearing. To understand the impact and adaptation of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy on such students, a pilot study and a formal study were executed for this case study using Taiwanese sign language for all interactions. The client’s changes were documented through diverse sources, while adherence to the standard protocol was verified using the EMDR Fidelity Rating Scale. Results showed that EMDR therapy helped the client in the formal study to maintain calm with the hearing and become capable of overcoming communication barriers, stabilizing emotional arousal quickly, and finally appreciating his academic journey. This study examined the adaptation of EMDR’s various stages for the Deaf and the beneficial environmental support for Deaf university students.”

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Jhai, Z. (2024). The Impact and Adaptation of EMDR Therapy on the Taiwanese Deaf University Students. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 18(1), 31-43. https://doi.org/10.1891/EMDR-2023-0043

 


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EMDR in Three Adults With Severe Intellectual Disability and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Multiple-Baseline Evaluation (Journal of EMDR Practice and Research)

EMDR in Three Adults With Severe Intellectual Disability and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Multiple-Baseline Evaluation

Effectiveness of EMDR therapy using the storytelling method in three adults with severe intellectual disability and PTSD.

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“Research on trauma treatment in people with severe intellectual disability (SID; IQ 20–35) is scarce, and controlled studies are lacking. This study examined the effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy using the storytelling method in three adults with SID and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A multiple-baseline design was used to examine the effects of EMDR storytelling method on PTSD classification, PTSD symptoms, challenging behaviors, and dysfunctional behaviors in three adults with SID and PTSD. EMDR resulted in a significant decrease in PTSD symptoms, challenging behaviors, and most dysfunctional behaviors. None of the participants had a PTSD classification anymore after EMDR. Findings suggest EMDR to be effective in the treatment of PTSD in adults with SID. Follow-up research with a larger sample size is required.”

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Hoogstad, A., Mevissen, L., & Didden, R. (2024). EMDR in Three Adults With Severe Intellectual Disability and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Multiple-Baseline Evaluation. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 18(1), 18-30. https://doi.org/10.1891/EMDR-2023-0042

 


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Dr. Louise Maxfield—A Memorial Former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research (Journal of EMDR Practice and Research)

Dr. Louise Maxfield—A Memorial Former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research

After 15 years, Louise Maxfield retired as editor-in-chief of the Journal. On November 13, 2023, Louise passed away.

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“One person who walked side by side with Francine was Louise Maxfield, a true icon and legend of our EMDR international community…As JEMDR editor-in-chief, Louise was also formidable. She had that extraordinary ability to inspire on the one hand and rigorously challenge on the other…After 15 years, with great sadness, Louise retired as editor-in-chief…On November 13, 2023, Louise passed away, at the young age of 75. We deeply mourn the passing of our dear friend, mentor, and guide. We are truly indebted to her enormous and inspiring contribution. We thank her for the pioneering part she played to us and the entire EMDR international community.”

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Farrell, D., & Rydberg, J.. (2024). Dr. Louise Maxfield—A Memorial Former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 18(1), 2-4. https://doi.org/10.1891/EMDR-2024-0001

 


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The Distancing Approach: A Comprehensive Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Psychotherapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Journal of EMDR Practice and Research)

The Distancing Approach: A Comprehensive Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Psychotherapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The Distancing Approach, a psychotherapy rooted in EMDR, aims to address complex symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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“The Distancing Approach is a comprehensive psychotherapy, rooted in the principles and practices of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. It aims to address the complex symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), through insight enhancement, skill development, desensitization of triggers, and reprocessing of related memories. Building on prior OCD research with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and with EMDR, it combines EMDR’s Phobia Protocol with two new EMDR-derived techniques: the Distancing Technique and Future Rehearsal. The Distancing Technique is designed to develop insight through the creation of adaptive coping statements. It identifies and strengthens these adaptive statements in EMDR’s preparation phase so that they can be available as resources during EMDR’s reprocessing phases and in daily life. Future Rehearsal is a technique that combines EMDR methods with CBT’s exposure response prevention to desensitize OCD triggers. EMDR’s Phobia Protocol is applied according to standard procedures. Consistent with the psychotherapy approach, the therapeutic relationship is optimized, and treatment is individualized, to best meet the needs of the client. A case example illustrates the application of the approach.”

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Krentzel, C. P., & Tattersall, J. (2024). The Distancing Approach: A Comprehensive Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Psychotherapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 5–17. https://doi.org/10.1891/EMDR-2023-0035

 


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Posttraumatic stress disorder in people with dementia: Study protocol (European Journal of Psychotraumatology)

“This study aims to improve the diagnostic process of PTSD and to assess the effects of EMDR treatment in people with dementia living in Dutch care facilities.”

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