Using EMDR therapy with patients experiencing an acute mental health crisis


Objectives: Can EMDR Therapy be used with patients experiencing an acute mental health crisis? The presentation will start by covering the case series published in February 2016 by the presenters that looked at using EMDR within a Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT). The majority of the presentation will look at more recent research of a non-randomised exploration study to see if EMDR Therapy improves patient outcomes and cost savings for the NHS in which EMDR Therapy was offered to patients presenting with a trauma picture who were under the care of a (CRHTT) or admitted to an acute mental health ward. This research was funded by The Health Foundation under their Innovation for Improvement project. Over 50 patients were treated in the study. Patients made significant improvements across all the psychometrics, including a reduction in suicidal ideation. The majority needed less than 10 sessions and needed no onward referrals for further psychological therapy. These outcomes were maintained at follow- up. Cost savings were realised by retracting referrals for further therapy and in early discharge from CRHTT and acute wards, and by preventing admissions. Contact with services post treatment also reduced. Within the presentation we will cover how we evaluated clinical risk and took positive risks and how the clients were selected, together with how EMDR Therapy was delivered to this client group.






Simon Proudlock
Jonathan Hutchins
Jasmine Peris

Original Work Citation

Proudlock, S., Hutchins, J., & Peris. J. (2017, March). Using EMDR therapy with patients experiencing an acute mental health crisis. Presentation (Lorraine Knibbs, Chair) at the 15th EMDR Association UK & Ireland Annual Conference & AGM, London, UK



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