Howard Protinsky, PhD, is Professor and Director, Jenifer Sparks, MEd, is a doctoral candidate, and Kimberly Flemke, MFT, is a doctoral candidate, Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program, Virginia Tech, 840 University City Blvd., Suite 1 (0515), Blacksburg, VA 24061; e-mail: email@example.com.
USING EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING TO ENHANCE TREATMENT OF COUPLES
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 157–164, April 2001
How to Cite
Protinsky, H., Sparks, J. and Flemke, K. (2001), USING EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING TO ENHANCE TREATMENT OF COUPLES. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27: 157–164. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2001.tb01153.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Eye Movement Desenitization 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 to reprocess negative emotions can amplify intimacy, increase connection, and subsequently lead to a change in problematic relationship patterns.