i think EMDR is useful in very specific contexts (for coping with particular sorts of PTSD) but i can't see how it would be useful in any other context.
it is funny how we come to acronyms from very different places.
i personally think that CBT is helpful as a part of therapy, but there are lots of contexts where it can't stand on its own. but then, my personal experience with CBT (the therapy version, not having the equipment for the other.
) is that when i innocently decided that's what i needed to deal with writer's block, i managed to open up a carefully closed can of worms and went on a full-scale visit to crazyville. but really, i think i was headed for crazyville one way or another, so it's not something i think would happen to everyone.
i still use a lot of elements of cognitive behavioral therapy in coping with my own stuff, it's just that sometimes, one needs to have a mix of other methods in there or it doesn't work that well. but my personal experience is that CBT is one of the few kinds of therapies you can do through books if a therapist isn't available. at least, you can learn to use some of the tools, depending on your situation.