EMDR featured on BBC Radio 4s programme iPM recently. The programme told the story of a woman revisiting intense experiences of being bullied very early in life. You can listen to her story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04jyv3y
In a recent article in Wales Online, Trina Smith tells how EMDR helped in her recovery from post-traumatic stress caused by years of childhood sexual abuse.
For years, she had tried to cope with her distress through self-harm, eating disorders and suicide attempts. She had been in and out of hospital from the age of 19, and had even spent a whole year in a psychiatric hospital at one point, being treated for what had been diagnosed as Borderline Personality Disorder.
Eventually, Trina was correctly diagnosed with complex PTSD and was offered EMDR. She was sceptical, but was willing to give it a try as a last resort, knowing that she could not go on living if it didn’t work. After a year of processing every single distressing memory, Trina, now 38, is able to think about the past without re-living it. Before the treatment, Trina was not able to look at photographs of herself as a child, but now, she can look through an album comfortably. She can hug her seven-year-old niece without experiencing any distress. Trina is now training as a mental health nurse and has found a new purpose in life – to help others who have had similar distressing experiences.
You can read the full article here: Wales Online
This film documents the development of EMDR. Despite this therapy’s staggering results, it remains virtually unknown in the mainstream, putting it effectively out of reach of millions across the globe who could use it. This films seeks to change that.
You can watch the full documentary here: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/10665
[Update: The documentary is no longer available on this link, but you can request an online screening]
Whether we’ve experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don’t fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower readers looking to achieve real change.
Francine Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains how our personalities develop and why we become trapped into feeling, believing and acting in ways that don’t serve us. Through detailed examples and exercises readers will learn to understand themselves, and why the people in their lives act the way they do and will learn techniques to improve their relationships, break through emotional barriers and overcome limitations.
Using a conversational style, humour and fascinating real life stories, Shapiro makes it easy to understand why we get stuck in various ways and what we can do about it.
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In an article in the New York Times, Dr Francine Shapiro addresses reader questions about the current state of research on EMDR therapy: