Reducing acute stress in a 16-year old using trauma-focused cognitive beaviour therapy and eye movement densensitization and reprocessing

M.B. Bronner, R. Beer, J. van Zelm-van Eldik, M.A. Grootenhuis, B.F. Last

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the effects of trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of acute stress in an adolescent. Methods: A combination of TF-CBT and EMDR was provided to a 16-year-old girl with distressing memories, anxiety and flashbacks. For measurement of the efficacy of the treatment package, the Children's Revised Impact of Event Scale (CRIES-13) was used. Results: Acute stress reactions decreased considerably after treatment and remained stable. CRIES-13 scores showed substantial reduction in stress scores. The girl reported no more flashbacks of the injury, sleeping difficulties or recurrent and distressing memories. Conclusion: This case study illustrates the potential efficacy of a combination of TF-CBT and EMDR for patients with acute stress reactions. Future studies should examine the efficacy of this treatment package in a large sample of children. © 2009 Informa UK Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-174
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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