Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in conjoint couples therapy: A grounded theory study

Description

EMDR is a comprehensive evidence-based treatment, typically offered through individual therapy. Though it has been incorporated into couples therapy, limited research has examined its use within conjoint couples therapy, and none has included interviews with couples and therapists, The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory study was to explore the experience of clients and therapists during conjoint EMDR treatment.

Specific researcg questions included:
1) How do members of a couple describe their experience of conjoint couples therapy involving EMDR?
2) How do therapists describe their experience providing EMDR treatment within couples therapy?
3) What do participants perceive as valuable or meaningful about the conjoint EMDR process?
4) What do they perceive as impeding the process?
5) How does each participant describe the status of the couple prior to and following EMDR, both individually and relationally?

An initial theory was developed about the conjoint EMDR process. Interviews were conducted with 21 participants, including both partners of ocuples in treatment and the therapists. interviews were analyzed using Strauss and Corbin's (1998) grounded theory data analysis. The theory emerging from the data provides perspectives not captured in previous research and may prove useful in decision making about the appropriateness of conjoint EMDR for couples as well as methods of assessment and preparation.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Elizabeth Legg
Mary S. O'Halloran
Laura Oyer

Original Work Citation

Legg, E., O'Halloran, M. S., & Oyer, L. (2012, October). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in conjoint couples therapy: A grounded theory study. Poster presented at the 17th EMDR International Association Conference, Arlington, VA

Collection

Citation

“Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in conjoint couples therapy: A grounded theory study,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 30, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/21720.

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