Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 15–34

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): An overview

  • Ricky Greenwald

DOI: 10.1007/BF02306581

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Greenwald, R. J Contemp Psychother (1994) 24: 15. doi:10.1007/BF02306581


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.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricky Greenwald
    • 1
  1. 1.Worcester Youth Guidance CenterWorcester