The opportunity to introduce another edition brings to mind again a statement by the early philosopher Heraclitus: “You cannot step twice into the same river, for different and ever different waters flow down.” This edition marks 30 years since I made the initial observation that led to the development of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is now internationally recognized as an empirically supported treatment for trauma. Since the early days of controversy over the effects of the eye movements, more than 30 randomized studies have verified their effects, and hundreds of published peer-reviewed articles have documented positive treatment effects for a wide range of populations. Given the ever-changing nature of health care, life, and thought, it is gratifying to see that most of the book has remained relevant to clinical practice. It has aged well.
This book is a product of 30 years of personal experience refining and teaching EMDR, as well as input from numerous seasoned clinicians and researchers; it includes research-based recommendations and case histories, as well as cautions derived from the experience of EMDR-trained practitioners. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures; Francine Shapiro;The Guilford Press ; Preface: Pages vii, viii)