Exploring therapists' experiences of applying eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with clients experiencing psychosis

Description

Little is known of the usability of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as an intervention for those experiencing psychosis. This study aimed to explore therapists’ experience of using EMDR with this population. A qualitative design was employed using an inductive approach and a thematic analysis. Twenty therapists, who had used EMDR with this client group, took part in a semi-structured interview to explore their experiences of the intervention. Key themes were generated from the data: (a) Familiarity with psychosis and EMDR, (b) Acceptability of EMDR, (c) The importance of systemic factors, and (d) Keeping key therapy principles in mind. Findings highlighted the importance of supervision to build therapist confidence, the value of the multidisciplinary team and the need for a shift in beliefs surrounding the usefulness of EMDR to the wider system. Recommendations for individuals and services are provided.

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Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Rebecca Phillips
Tess Maguire
Pamela McSherry
Cathryn Pinto

Original Work Citation

Phillips, R., Maguire, T., McSherry, P., & Pinto, C. (2021). Exploring therapists' experiences of applying eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with clients experiencing psychosis. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 15(3).  doi:10.1891/EMDR-D-21-00018

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Citation

“Exploring therapists' experiences of applying eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with clients experiencing psychosis,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 29, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/26829.

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