Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that has proven effective for the treatment of trauma by approximately 24 randomized controlled trials and has been recommended as a first-line trauma treatment in the international practice guidelines of numerous organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association (2004).

  • Controlled research studies are needed to evaluate EMDR therapy’s effectiveness with other disorders, as suggested by preliminary research and anecdotal reports.
  • The EMDR Research Foundation recognizes this need with the following research priorities:
    • Advancing Evidence-Based Practice
    • Addressing the Global Burden of Trauma
    • Building Clinical Evidence

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Prevent EMDR therapy from being left by the wayside as other less effective but better funded methods are being advanced.


EMDR is a psychotherapy approach