About this Research Topic
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment originally developed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. In the last thirty years, EMDR has gradually gained popularity and efficacy for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment. Many studies suggest that EMDR is a useful, evidence-based tool for the treatment of PTSD, in line with different recommendations, and also for other psychopathologies and for emergency situations, such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, some studies have also shown its efficacy in online therapy and telehealth.
The major objective of the present Research Topic is to collect new scientific evidence, clinical experiences, reviews, and opinion articles about EMDR in clinical health psychology and psychotherapy. Moreover, this Research Topic will focus on psychological factors, basic psychological processes, and theoretical models that could explain the role in EMDR in treatment processes, also considering the integration with other approaches.
The article collection welcome papers related to not only the EMDR mechanism of functioning, but also its applications in new clinical fields: children and adolescents, as well as other anxiety disorders, mood disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, treatment of the so called “Complex Trauma”, and of the ongoing stress response related to the pandemic.
Particularly, this Research Topic will consider these types of studies:
• Original research articles from both experimental and non-experimental (observational) study designs
• Neurophysiology, Neuroscience, and Neuroimaging based study (also with neurobiological evidences)
• Review articles (preferably systematic reviews) about the main clinical fields
• Meta analysis about efficacy of EMDR
• Clinical trials
• Clinical case studies and reports
• Perspective articles and cost-effectiveness studies
Keywords: EMDR, PTSD, trauma, BLS, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, Dissociative Disorders, Complex trauma, pandemic emergency, ongoing stress, online therapy, COVID-19 psychological sequelae
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