Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 15-34

First online:

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): An overview

  • Ricky GreenwaldAffiliated withWorcester Youth Guidance Center

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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a recently developed psychotherapy procedure which has been reported to dramatically increase efficiency in the treatment of psychological disturbances rooted in traumatic memories. Following a review of the research on EMDR's efficacy, clinical considerations are addressed, including the client's experience and the potential for negative effects or treatment failure. Finally, the role of EMDR in clinical practice is discussed. Initial reports are encouraging, and further research is recommended. Clinicians who choose to use EMDR are urged to obtain formal training.