An overview of EMDR research since 2005


EMDR is an empirically supported psychotherapy underpinned by a theoretical model known as adaptive information processing (AIP). EMDR is currently indicated within the NICE (2005) guideline as one of two recommended treatment interventions for PTSD. The purpose of this presentation is to explore post 2005 EMDR research in relation to EMDR’s continued effectiveness in working with PTSD. In addition, the presentation will explore emerging research, in support of AIP, relating to the wider application of EMDR with other mental health conditions. The question posed is: does the current strength of EMDR rest in its empirical support as an effective intervention in treating PTSD or in the conceptual theoretical framework of AIP in supporting a much wider application of EMDR more than PTSD?






Derek Farrell

Original Work Citation

Farrell, D. (2012, December). An overview of EMDR research since 2005. In Current research on eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) (Robin Logie, Chair). Symposium presented at the Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference, Oxford, UK



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