Using eye movement desensitization and reprocessing to enhance treatment of couples

J Marital Fam Ther. 2001 Apr;27(2):157-64. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2001.tb01153.x.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a clinical technique may enhance treatment effectiveness when applied within a couple therapy approach that is emotionally and experientially oriented. Clinical experience indicates that EMDR-based interventions are useful for accessing, activating, tolerating, and reprocessing the intense emotions that often fuel dysfunctional couple interactions. Using EMDR within conjoint sessions to reprocess negative emotions can amplify intimacy, increase connection, and subsequently lead to a change in problematic relationship patterns.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect*
  • Couples Therapy / methods*
  • Desensitization, Psychologic*
  • Eye Movements / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Marriage / psychology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology