EMDR: The Breakthrough ""Eye Movement"" Therapy For Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, And Traumaby Francine Shapiro, Margot Silk Forrest
Hailed as the most important method to emerge in psychotherapy in decades, EMDR has successfully treated psychological problems and illnesses in more than one million sufferers worldwide, with a rapidity that defies belief. In a new introduction, Shapiro presents the new applications of this remarkable therapy and the latest scientific research that demonstrates
Hailed as the most important method to emerge in psychotherapy in decades, EMDR has successfully treated psychological problems and illnesses in more than one million sufferers worldwide, with a rapidity that defies belief. In a new introduction, Shapiro presents the new applications of this remarkable therapy and the latest scientific research that demonstrates its efficacy.
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Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. , the originator and developer of EMDR, is a senior research fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. She is the author of a textbook on EMDR and more than thirty journal articles. She lives in Sea Ranch, California.
Margot Silk Forrest is a writer and editor.
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I found the book to be fairly concise and easy to read, speaking as a layperson. I read this book after having been treated using EMDR. This therapy strategy did wonders for me in the solving of numerous problems I had in relating unconscious past experiences with my present circumstances. The author and creator of this interesting, efficient and high effective strategy never did (and has seemingly yet to) describe WHY the process works so well, but has produced theories based on the old 'left hemisphere, right hemisphere' tack, with statements to the effect that EMDR helps provide balance between the two (or rather between all the 'poles' or centers of the different ways we process our experiences). While this may be true, it is my belief that what this strategy actually accomplishes is that it provides an effective way to reevaluate your past experience while remaining firmly rooted in the present. Normally, we seem to evaluate all our current events in accordance to our previous decisions during past events. For instance, I was stung by a wasp at the age of 3, and still remember it vividly, and for the longest time had trouble getting vaccinations because I subconsciously associated the hypo with the 'needle' of the wasp stinger entering my arm and I severely feared getting 'stung' again. I have now consciously shown my subconscious how silly that fear is by re-evaluating my past experience in the light of the current day's logic and reality. No more fear (of course, shots are still unpleasant for me, just not phobically so). For more info on the concept of focusing on the present moment of experience instead of letting the subconscious past rule you, read Jon Kabat-Zinn's book 'Full Catastrophe Living' or Thomas Crum's book 'Journey to Center'. The difference, in my opinion, between EMDR and most 'living the moment' type methods , is that through EMDR, you are using foci that are not dependent on yourself (ie.,in EMDR, usually a therapist of some sort is providing direction and keeping you somewhat on track with your personal development). The other two books relate methods wherein you are solely responsible for your own path and progress, generally through meditation. If you have a wandering mind like mine, you can use all the outside focus stimuli you can get. EMDR would seem to follow similar ideas to the techniques of Dianetics, also, though I don't believe Ron Hubbard ever had a clue why his techniques ever worked during those times when they actually did. I was disappointed at all the references to the 'dangers' of practicing EMDR without being trained specifically by a licensed institute and, once I checked into the sources for instruction, I invariably found that having an advanced degree in a therapeutical discipline was required to seemingly even get questions answered about techniques and protocols. Plainly, they are very scared of lawsuits (and its no wonder, in this day and age of sueing your neighbor for anything you think you can get out of them). However, I have both undergone EMDR and have done extensive reading in pursuit of self-knowledge through other means and have gained much in the doing, without 'professional' training. I do not believe that 'untrained' EMDR can cause any more damage than hypnosis or martial-arts or any other form of self-exploration can, as long as you go about it in a methodical and intelligent manner. I would say, however, that it is much more effective with an outside 'guide' than attempting to perform solo on oneself. Refer to Win Wenger's and Richard Poe's book 'The Einstein Factor' for more information on why outside feedback is important in self-exploration. 'Til next rant... CB