Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy



Leading Article

POWER THERAPIES: EVIDENCE VERSUS EMOTION A REPLY TO ROSEN, LOHR, MCNALLY AND HERBERT


A. Desmond Poole a1c1, Ad de Jongh a2 and John Spector a3
a1 Royal Ulster Constabulary, Belfast, Northern Ireland
a2 Academic Centre for Dentistry, University of Amsterdam, and Centre for Psychotherapy and Psychotrauma, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
a3 Watford General Hospital, Watford, U.K.

Abstract

Rosen, Lohr, McNally and Herbert’s (1998) arguments directed at the so-called “Power Therapies” and, in particular, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) are examined. It is suggested that their paper does not adequately review the available research data and, therefore, draws unwarranted conclusions. Based on published controlled studies it is concluded that there is evidence to support the use of EMDR in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Key Words: EMDR; PTSD; outcome research; treatment effectiveness.

Correspondence:
c1 Reprint requests to Dr A. Desmond Poole, Chief Psychologist, Health Services Department, Royal Ulster Constabulary, Seapark, 151 Belfast Road, Carrickfergus BT38 8PL, Northern Ireland, U.K.


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