EMDR: Realities, misconceptions, and broader applications


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) has fascinated the public and polarized the mental health community for years. Perhaps it’s the unusual bi-lateral stimulation that’s fundamental to its protocol, or the claims of rapid and dramatic relief of client symptoms that have caused this psychotherapy method to be a lightning rod for controversy and skepticism since its inception more than two decades ago. However, as the years pass, the research builds, and the number of clients experiencing relief from a variety of trauma-based disorders grows, EMDR’s critics and skeptics are falling to the wayside. Today, tens of thousands of highly trained clinicians are practicing EMDR around the world, and it is being found effective for an increasing number of conditions which have trauma as an underlying contributor. California Southern University sat down with two of EMDR’s leading expert practitioners—Susan Brown, LCSW, BCD and Sara Gilman, MFT—to learn more about this intriguing and highly effective psychotherapy method. [Excerpt]






Tom Dellner

Original Work Citation

Dellner, T. (2011, August 16). EMDR: Realities, misconceptions, and broader applications. Dialogue: The CalSouthern Interview. Retrieved from http://www.calsouthern.edu/content/articles/psychology-articles/psychology-interviews/emdr-realities-misconceptions-and-broader-applications/ on 1/21/2014



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