Online EMDR has been found to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions including PTSD, anxiety, depression and panic disorders. Several studies have shown that online EMDR is comparable in effectiveness to traditional live EMDR therapy.
For example, a 2017 study published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research found that online EMDR was as effective as in-person EMDR in reducing PTSD symptoms in veterans and a 2020 study in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that survivors of sexual assault have a higher incidence of PTSD. Online EMDR is effective in reducing depressive symptoms
Note that online therapy, including online EMDR, may not be appropriate for everyone. Individuals with severe mental illness may require more intensive treatment or be uncomfortable accessing online treatment. Additionally, individuals without stable Internet access or a private space for therapy cannot participate in online EMDR.
In general, the effectiveness of online EMDR depends on a variety of factors including the specific needs of the therapist and the therapist’s experience and skill with the technique. However, online EMDR can be a very effective treatment for many individuals.