EMDR faster than CBT
While I am trained in both CBT and EMDR, when it comes to treating trauma, I prefer EMDR as it more rapidly resolves symptoms. Clients also prefer EMDR as it has no real homework attached to it.
My preference for using EMDR has also been supported by a study that was recently published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. This study compared EMDR with a trauma based CBT to treat 140 patients diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It found that while both therapies were effective, EMDR worked faster and had less people who drop out of therapy. You can read the full study here.
EMDR better than Aropax
Another recent study compared EMDR with an antidepressant (Aropax) to treat male survivors of war trauma who had moderate to severe PTSD. This study was presented at the 2013 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It found that 90% of the patients treated with EMDR improved while only 36% of those treated with Aropax improved. More importantly, those treated with EMDR had a significantly greater reduction in symptoms and without the side effects of medication.
EMDR is Well Researched
When EMDR first came out (In the early 1990’s) there was a lot of scepticism about it as it seemed a bit weird (involving moving one’s eyes back and forth while recalling upsetting memories) and seemed to work much faster than other trauma therapies. This has meant that a great deal of research has been done to demonstrate its effectiveness. For more information on EMDR research see this website