A Mixed Methods Evaluation of EMDR for Treating Female Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence

  title={A Mixed Methods Evaluation of EMDR for Treating Female Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence},
  author={Jill E. Schwarz and Dana Baber and Ariel Barter and Katherine Dorfman},
  journal={Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation},
  pages={18 - 4}
Abstract This study assessed the efficacy of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) for women who experienced trauma due to sexual or domestic violence. Twenty-one adult female clients at a nonprofit agency participated in this mixed-methods study during which they completed 8 sessions of EMDR, pre and postassessments, and an in-person interview (four counselors were also interviewed). Levels of depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and overall wellness were assessed through… 
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