EMDR and the phase two treatment of the migraine and headache-protocol


After the presentation of Dr. Steven Marcus PhD on different EMDR-conferences of treating migraine and headaches in a two-phase protocol, the authors of this presentation decided to develop a study on the phase two treatment of the headache protocol. The phase one treatment of the headache protocol I-EMDR (integrated EMDR) of Dr. Marcus is for the relief of acute headache pain and related symptoms (nausea, vomiting, light or sound sensitivity etc.). A research study of Dr. Marcus showed very strong effects of the treatment of migraines in this acute phase. (Steven V. Marcus: Phase 1 of integrated EMDR: An Abortive Treatment for Migraine Headaches. JEMDR, Vol. 2, Number 1, 2008, pg. 15ff). The phase two treatment is a multi-session EMDR headache treatment utilizing the Standard EMDR Protocol to prevent or reduce future headache frequency, duration and severity. The phase one has to be included in the second phase. Thus, this phase two protocol has not yet been the subject of a scientific research. The authors present their study design and some cases with video presentations as well as first results on the research of this phase two treatment.






Eva Zimmerman

Original Work Citation

Zimmerman, E. (2010, June). EMDR and the phase two treatment of the migraine and headache-protocol. Symposium conducted at the 11th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Hamburg, Germany



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