Does EMDR therapy really work?
Approximately 24 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR therapy effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety. The current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, the World Health Organization’s 2013 “Guidelines for the management of conditions that are specifically related to stress,” SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, and many other international health and governmental agencies. Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment. For more information, go to our bibliography of EMDR research.