Assessing the Effectiveness of EMDR in the Treatment of Sexual Trauma


  • Shanika Paylor North Carolina Central University
  • Chadwick Royal North Carolina Central University


Sexual abuse, sexual trauma, trauma, EMDR, PTSD


The authors provide a critical review of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as an effective means of clinical treatment for survivors of sexual abuse.  The authors review selected research findings, assessing strengths and limitations of each work.  The authors present themes and patterns regarding the use of EMDR with sexual abuse victims and offer suggestions of best practice for applying EMDR as a complimentary intervention to other behavioral approaches.

Author Biographies

Shanika Paylor, North Carolina Central University

Student, Counselor Education Program

Chadwick Royal, North Carolina Central University

Associate Professor, Counselor Education Program, Department of Allied Professions