An evaluation of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy delivered remotely during the Covid–19 pandemic.

Iain W. McGowan, Naomi Fisher, Justin Havens, Simon Proudlock

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Abstract

Background
In addition to having a negative impact on the physical and emotional health of the population, the global Covid–19 pandemic has necessitated psychotherapists moving their practice to online environments. This service evaluation examines the efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy delivered via the internet.

Methods
A real–world service evaluation was conducted from a self–selecting group of EMDR therapists that subscribe to either a JISCMail discussion list or either the UK or All Ireland National EMDR Associations. Author designed questionnaires were used to gather information on the efficacy of EMDR delivered online as well as client and therapist characteristics.

Results
Thirty-three therapists provided efficacy data on a total of 93 patients. Statistically significant and clinically meaningful reductions were found in all four-psychometrics used both in adult and children and young people populations. Client outcome was not related to therapist experience.

Conclusions
EMDR delivered via the internet can be an effective treatment for clients experiencing mental health issues.
Original languageEnglish
Article number560
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Volume21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • EMDR therapy
  • Covid 19
  • online interventions
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy

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