EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy has been declared an effective form of trauma treatment, especially for victims suffering from major traumas and PTSD resulting from sexual assault. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment approach composed of standardized protocols and procedures. The eight phases and three-pronged protocol facilitate a comprehensive evaluation of the clinical picture, client preparation, and processing of past events that set the foundation for pathology, current disturbing situations, and future challenges.
A study that examined the efficacy of EMDR for patients with posttraumatic-stress disorder confirmed that EMDR therapy significantly reduces the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and subjective distress in PTSD patients (1). Specifically, the efficacy analysis revealed that the EMDR treatments significantly reduced the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and distress in PTSD patients who were subjects in this study.