The Power of EMDR

Researchers are finding that EMDR is not only used with PTSD but with a wide range of other experientially based clinical complaints.  This has been found with Shapiro’s work (2001) and with her colleagues (Solomon & Shapiro, 2008) as they continue to conduct research.  In the following article in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, researchers found that:

“one session of EMDR-PRECI produced significant improvement on self-report measures of posttraumatic stress and PTSD symptoms for both the immediate treatment and waitlist/delayed treatment groups.  This study provides preliminary evidence in support of the protocol’s efficacy in a natural setting of a human massacre situation to a group of traumatized adults working under extreme stressors.” (p. 156)

Again, the implication of this study suggests that EMDR can help in many different settings.

“These results appear to provide support for the hypothesis deriving from Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model:  Thoroughly processing disturbing memory changes the way that the experience is stored in memory, so that distress is no longer triggered by similar events.  The results indicate that the continued exposure to the traumatic work environment no longer elicited the same distressing symptoms after EMDR treatment.” (p. 163)

The power of even one EMDR session is found in this study.  They go on to say that the global implications of the use of including EMDR as a post-disaster intervention could be incredibly beneficial.  For more information, go to the ling below to view the full article.

Source: Jarero, I., Uribe, S. (2011).  The EMDR protocol for recent critical incidents: Brief report of an application in a human massacre situation.  Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 5, Number 4, 156-165.