Will someone tell me the truth about EMDR?


There is considerable controversy about Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and publications, even the esteemed 'The Psychologist’ have shed very little light on EMDR or the political and professional jealousies surrounding it. Rather than debate the technicalities of the studies purporting to indicate effectiveness of EMDR, this paper will illustrate with practical examples how one obtains miserable failures and spectacular successes in everyday clinical practice. It will contrast this by describing international work with survivors of tragedies and disasters including the Dunblane shooting, the Turkish Earthquakes in 1999 and the devastation of a community after the demolition of a school in San Giuliano di Puglia, Italy, during an earthquake. It will ask why we measure disaster in terms of deaths, not survivors, noting reports from 9-11 and asking what we might do for Beslan and the Russian survivors and future disasters.






Philip Dutton

Original Work Citation

Dutton, P. (2004). Will someone tell me the truth about EMDR? Presentation at the British Psychological Society Scottish Branch Annual Conference, Pitlochry, Scotland



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