EMDR: Promising, but flawed
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a promising choice for many, but its drawbacks require careful consideration. These drawbacks include its doubtful beginnings, its reliance on a theoretical construct of the mechanism by which it works, its customization and lack of standardization, the lack of long-term studies, and the small possibility of extremely negative outcomes. However, the therapy holds significant promise, since it often leads to a full “cure” in just a few sessions. Thus, while we need to carefully consider the drawbacks, this therapy offers hope for many people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) and from other traumatic life experiences in general.
Original Work Citation
Davis, D. (2006, April). EMDR: Promising, but flawed. Psychotherapy: Theory and Research, 1-6
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