EMDR International Association Blog Review

The featured blog is the EMDRIA Blog (located here). EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. EMDR is a form of therapy developed by Francine Shapiro which involves the use of eye movements (although not always) to desensitise people to the distressing emotions associated with traumatic memories and followed by a ‘reprocessing’ phase which aims to reframe the memories adaptively. This is quite a new blog with the introductory article posted on January 2nd 2009. Within this short time two themes emerge – EMDR itself (including announcements on relevant organisations and aspects of practice) and information on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In this article there is a discussion of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and their recommendation for using EMDR which received a Level A Rating (based on the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Guidelines). In this article there is a look at research identifying an association between childhood physical abuse and impaired immune functioning. This blog will be relevant to EMDR Practitioners and those with an interest in EMDR

Conflict of Interest

I have an interest in and practice EMDR.


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  1. My husband has PTSD and Huntington’s Disease and his counselor wants to do EMDR on him but I want to make sure it will not progressive his Huntington’s Disease further? What are the consquences if the EMDR is done to him with him being on his 7th year of Huntington’s Disease and already having issues?

    Thank you for your assistance. I greatly appreciate it.


    • Dear Dawn,
      I am sorry to hear about your husband’s illnesses. I am not able to give individual medical advice and would recommend that he seeks advice from his medical practitioner. On the more general theoretical issue of the intersection between Huntington’s Disease and EMDR, I couldn’t find any references to studies or papers in a medical database known as Medline. I would also recommend that you make contact with an organisation such as the EMDR institute (inst@emdr.com) or a local Huntington’s Disease Association depending on your location (e.g. hdsainfo@hdsa.org in America) as they may be able to provide further information. Hope this helps
      Kind regards



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