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Anastasia Soureti, Anna-Maria Kiriakopoulou, Domna Ventouratou, Ioanna Revithi, Vassiliki Sfyri, Antonia Tzortzatou, Angeliki Vlasopoulou, Alexandra Kerasioti, Vasiliki Liafou.
Objectives: The present study aims to experimentally test for differences between EMDR, supportive therapy and waiting list group on depression, anxiety, post-traumatic symptomatology and use of coping strategies in a group of recently unemployed individuals in Greece and Spain. These two Southern European countries have been chosen, since they have both being impacted by the economic crisis.
Method: This is a randomised controlled trial with 30 individuals being allocated to EMDR, 30 in supportive therapy following Egan’s problem focused training and 30 individuals being allocated in a waiting list group. The two former groups will receive therapy over a period of 12 weeks, with a follow-up at the end of 6 months. For ethical reasons the waiting list group will receive treatment at the end of the 6 months. The primary outcome measures are changes in depression, anxiety levels, post-traumatic symptomatology and increases in the use of more adaptive coping strategies. These measures will be administered at recruitment, end of therapy and again at 6 months.
Recruitment of unemployed individuals has started in the middle of January 2014. This will be an iterative process, which will continue until enough participants have been recruited. Random assignment will be blocked in groups of 12 consecutive participants, so in each block 4 participants will be assigned in each condition.
Results: An intention to treat analysis will be followed. Years of therapist s’ experience will be treated as a covariate in a between groups ANCOVA analysis.
Natasha Soureti is an Organisational, Health Psychologist. She studied in the UK and obtained her PhD from VU University (Amsterdam) in 2013. She received her EMDR training in Athens and is now one of the secretaries in the Greek EMDR- Association (EMDR-HELLAS). In her therapeutic work, she sees clients following a cognitive therapy approach. She lived and worked in London for 10 years and returned to Greece in 2007. She has worked in a number of research protocols aimed at applying health psychology theories in changing individuals’ health behaviours. She is the founder of a private, smoking cessation clinic in Athens, where she helps smokers quit (www.quit-smoking.gr). Since her return in Greece she has been working as a psychologist in the Special Forces unit of the Greek police and as a part-time lecturer in the franchise degrees of BSc Psychology (Greenwich University) and MSc Health Psychology (Cardiff University) in Athens.