Introduction to the special series on EMDR


Notes that eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) has been the focus of a good deal of research. While the mechanisms of action associated with EMDR continue to be hotly debated, ample research evidence has accumulated to indicate that this treatment is associated with positive benefits, at least compared to other established treatments for many anxiety disorders. The current special series of this journal is designed to illustrate preliminary results of research programs and early pilot studies of ways in which this treatment may be extended and modified to improve its effects and expand its range of applications. It should be noted that the modified peer-review criteria applied to these preliminary studies require further research be initiated on these ideas before they are widely applied in clinical practice.






Larry E. Beutler

Original Work Citation

Beutler, L. E. (2002, December). Introduction to the special series on EMDR. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(12), 1451-1452. doi:10.1002/jclp.10098



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