Leading the Way in Trauma Therapy

Free Trauma Therapy For Research

for motor vehicle accident trauma

Overview: The purpose of this study is to compare the leading trauma treatment, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), to a newer treatment, Progressive Counting (PC), which has been found to be efficient and effective. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either EMDR or PC treatment focused on their memory of a motor vehicle accident. This study has been approved by our Ethics Review Board (comprised of independent experts on research design and ethics). Treatment and other participation is confidential.

Have you experienced a motor vehicle accident?

Does it still bother you?


Types of Possible Symptoms

thinking about it too much
over-reacting to things
jumpy or easily startled
anxious, fearful, or worried
avoiding other people or situations

avoiding reminders
anger or quick temper
sad or depressed
trouble concentrating/staying focused
other increased stress or problem

If one or more of the above symptoms started (or increased) following the event, it may be related. Often, trauma-focused treatment leads to relief of related symptoms.

We are looking for individuals to participate in a study comparing two effective treatments for psychological trauma or loss: Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) and Progressive Counting (PC). In previous research these treatments have generally led to resolution of the upsetting memory in 1 to 3 sessions; however, results are not guaranteed. If you are:

  • 18 or older
  • English-speaking
  • distressed by the memory of a motor vehicle accident
  • within a reasonable drive of one of our research therapists

then you may be eligible for free treatment focused on the upsetting memory.

We have therapists in the following locations:

  • Northampton, MA
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Albany, NY

Steps in participation:

  • If you'd like more information, call Hatty Dawson at (413) 774-2340 or send us an e-mail and we'll contact you. Include your name, phone number, best times to call, and whether it's OK to leave a message.
  • A research associate will phone you for a brief screening interview. If you are eligible for participation, the study will be explained to you in more detail and (if you choose to) you'll complete the on-line consent form. You will then complete a pre-treatment assessment (about 10-15 minutes by phone) answering questions regarding your recent thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
  • You will be assigned a therapist (as close as possible to your own location) and randomly assigned to a treatment condition (either EMDR or PC). The therapist will contact you to schedule your first appointment, which will take place in the therapist's office.
  • You will receive up to three hours of treatment, focused on the upsetting memory, plus a follow-up session, all at no charge.
  • You will complete a post-treatment assessment by phone, and a follow-up assessment by phone about 3 months later. Each will be about 10-15 minutes long.