EMDR terms and procedures: Resolution of uncomplicated depression


This chapter presents an example of a relatively uncomplicated eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment, which can provide a basis for understanding the more complex aspects of cases. The Ss was a man in his 40s with depression who completed 9 sessions of EMDR to help the client focus on sources of disturbing affect, maladaptive world views, and negative self-perceptions, desensitizing these and processing them in an accelerated way until an adaptive resolution was achieved. The EMDR process involved identifying targets for EMDR, identifying an image or memory that elicits comfortable feelings, desensitization to the target, and the cognitive interweave process of providing the client with information that the client has not linked to the target. In the treatment described, the S's depression completely lifted and he was able to deal more comfortably with problems. After 2 yrs, the results achieved during these 9 sessions had endured.


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Philip Manfield

Original Work Citation

Manfield, P. (1998). EMDR terms and procedures: Resolution of uncomplicated depression. In P. Manfield (Ed.), Extending EMDR: A casebook of innovative applications (1st ed.) (pp. 15-36). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Co



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