How Valid is the Theoretical Basis for EMDR

Rosen et al. (1998) criticise the theoretical basis of EMDR as unsubstantiated. Poole, De Jongh & Spector (1999) address this criticism by pointing out that Shapiro's 'accelerated information processing model' is just that - a model - which may evolve in the light of new findings over time. They argue that this is no different from Wolpe's early theory of reciprocal inhibition to explain the effects of behaviour therapy being superseded by other more cogent models in the light of new knowledge and research. Criticisms of reciprocal inhibition as an explanatory theory did not undermine the effectiveness of systematic desensitisation, and Poole et al. argue that nor do criticisms of Shapiro's model undermine the effectiveness of EMDR.

More recent developments of theory, such as Stickgold (2002) and Welch & Beere (2002), develop Shapiro's theory and the latter case provides testable hypotheses.

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