Self-healing aspects of EMDR: The therapeutic change process and perspectives of integrated psychotherapies

Jamie Zabukovec, Steve Lazrove, Francine Shapiro

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) (Shapiro 1989a, 1989b, 1995) is an innovative, comprehensive approach to psychotherapy. While EMDR's use of eye movements has attracted a great deal of attention, the efficacy of the EMDR method can be explained parsimoniously in terms of many different types of therapy. Lang's (1985) information processing networks provide a way to understand the Accelerated Information Processing model proposed by Shapiro to explain EMDR. A representative EMDR session is presented to illustrate the integrative components of EMDR's procedural elements and the range of clinical effects. Therapeutic changes seen as a result of self-healing using EMDR are discussed from the perspectives of other psychotherapeutic approaches in order to understand the contribution of EMDR to the psychotherapy integration movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-206
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Psychotherapy Integration
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2000


  • EMDR
  • Information processing
  • Integration
  • PTSD
  • Psychotherapy
  • Self-healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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