World Health Organization (WHO)(2013)
Trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD. “Like CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen adaptive cognitions related to the traumatic event. Unlike CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR does not involve (a) detailed descriptions of the event, (b) direct challenging of beliefs, (c) extended exposure, or (d) homework.”
American Psychiatric Association Guidelines (2004).
The APA in the Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
EMDR is named as an effective treatment for ameliorating symptoms of both acute and chronic PTSD.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Practice Guidelines (2009)
EMDR was ranked as an evidence-based, Level A treatment for PTSD in adults.
Department of Veterans Affairs & Department of Defense, Washington, DC (2010)
EMDR was one of four therapies given the highest level of evidence and recommended for treatment of PTSD. VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress.
SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (2011).
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This national registry (NREPP) cites EMDR as evidence-based practice for treatment of PTSD, anxiety and depression symptoms. Their review of the evidence also indicated that EMDR leads to an improvement in mental health functioning.
CREST (2003). The management of post traumatic stress disorder in adults. A publication of the Clinical Resource Efficiency Support Team of the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Belfast.
Of all the psychotherapies, EMDR and CBT were stated to be the treatments of choice .
Dutch National Steering Committee Guidelines Mental Health Care (2003). Multidisciplinary Guideline Anxiety Disorders. Quality Institute Heath Care CBO/Trimbos Intitute. Utrecht, Netherlands.
EMDR and CBT are both treatments of choice for PTSD
INSERM (2004). Psychotherapy: An evaluation of three approaches. French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Paris, France.
Of the different psychotherapies, EMDR and CBT were stated to be the treatments of choice for trauma victims.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2005). Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): The management of adults and children in primary and secondary care. London: National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
Trauma-focused CBT and EMDR were stated to be empirically supported treatments for choice for adult PTSD.
United Kingdom Department of Health (2001). Treatment choice in psychological therapies and counselling evidence based clinical practice guideline. London, England.
Best evidence of efficacy was reported for EMDR, exposure, and stress inoculation
Medical Program Committee/Stockholm City Council, Sweden. (2003) Sjöblom, P.O., Andréewitch, S . Bejerot, S., Mörtberg, E. , Brinck, U., Ruck, C., & Körlin, D. Regional treatment recommendation for anxiety disorders.
Of all psychotherapies CBT and EMDR are recommended as treatments of choice for PTSD.
A position paper of the (Israeli) National Council for Mental Health (2002). Bleich, A., Kotler, M., Kutz, I., & Shalev, A. Guidelines for the assessment and professional intervention with terror victims in the hospital and in the community. Jerusalem, Israel.
EMDR is one of only three methods recommended for treatment of terror victims.