EMDR and the scientific perspective


The authors argue that an examination of the research on eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and the theoretical rationale its supporters have proposed reveals that we may have been to hasty in our approbation of the method. It is possible that blind-sited support for EMDR has compromised scientific protocol and compromised the ethical integrity of clinical practice. Additionally thousands of people may not be receiving the quality of care they think they are. In the case of EMDR, scientific protocol has been circumvented as psychologists have rushed to conclusions about the efficacy of a method based on insufficient empirical evidence. More research into the effectiveness of EMDR needs to be undertaken.






Gabrielle Bouhenic
Timothy E. Moore

Original Work Citation

Bouhenic, G., & Moore, T. E. (2000, Summer). EMDR and the scientific perspective. the Behavior Therapist, 23, 154-158



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