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Military psychological trauma and therapy: a review of EMDR treatment and supervision in the UK Ministry of Defence
  1. Wendy Frappell-Cooke1 and
  2. M McCauley1,2
  1. 1 Defence Clinical Psychology Service, Ministry of Defence, London, UK
  2. 2 School of Psychology, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wendy Frappell-Cooke, DCPS, Defence Clinical Psychology Service, Staffs WS14 9PY, UK; wfcpsych{at}


Psychological injury has been associated with military service, and this can result in a variety of mental health symptoms and disorders. A range of barriers to help-seeking have been identified in the military and mental health services have sought to address such factors through effective and efficient care and consultation. The use of eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing forms part of a repertoire of trauma-focused therapies within the UK’s Armed Forces. This article will outline the application of this approach within the British military, along with the role of specialist clinical supervision in treating those affected by operational trauma.

  • military
  • health
  • psychology

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