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What is EMDR?
What conditions does EMDR work for?
Both trauma-focused psychotherapy and EMDR are effective for chronic PTSD in adults (Cochrane review: Bisson et al., 2013).
Where to find an EMDR therapist
The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) has a listing of more than 10,000 therapists trained in EMDR. The link to their therapist search page is https://www.emdria.org/find-a-therapist/
Disclaimer: Simple and Practical Medical Education is not affiliated in any way EMDRIA and has not evaluated its procedures and standards. So, this information is for general information only.
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