Effect of EMDR therapy: A report of fifty-two Thai people with psychological trauma

Description

Objective:
To evaluate the effect of EMDR Therapy treatment in fifty-two Thai people with psychological trauma.

Methods:
Implementation of standard EMDR therapy protocol for fifty-two Thai people with psychological trauma who received treatment at RICD or a private psychiatric clinic. The eight phases of EMDR therapy included: history taking, client preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure and re-evaluation of treatment effect. The desensitization phase consisted of techniques targeted to activate the neuronal network using bilateral stimulation or tapping. Subjects average attended three therapy sessions ranging in length from 1.30-1.45 hours each, between November 2018-August 2019.

Results:
Subjects included thirty-six females and sixteen males, with an average age of 29 years (min=13, max=50). Chief complaints included: PTSD, depression, panic, anxiety, low selfesteem, and self-harm/suicide. Immediately after EMDR treatment, thirty-four subjects (65.4%) complete the full protocol, with subjective units of disturbance (SUD) scores of 0-1/10 and validity of cognition (VOC) scores of 7/7. At follow-up, the SUD scores of these thirty-four subjects remained at 0/10 and unchanged VOC scores of 7/7. Subjects with incomplete therapy protocols reported SUD scores of: 2/10 (2 subjects), 3/10 (7 subjects), 5/10 (3 subjects) and 7/10 (2 subjects), and 8/10 (1 subject).

Summary:
EMDR therapy is an effective treatment method for people with psychological trauma. Randomized-controlled trials should be conducted to determine the efficacy of EMDR therapy in the Thai population.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Soontaree Srikosai

Original Work Citation

Srikosai, S. (2020, January). Effect of EMDR therapy: A report of fifty-two Thai people with psychological trauma. Poster presented at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

Citation

“Effect of EMDR therapy: A report of fifty-two Thai people with psychological trauma,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 22, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/26307.

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