Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy [NOOK Book]

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A totally accessible user's guide from the creator of a scientifically proven form of psychotherapy that has successfully treated millions of people worldwide.

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 ...

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Overview

A totally accessible user's guide from the creator of a scientifically proven form of psychotherapy that has successfully treated millions of people worldwide.

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.

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. Most importantly, readers will also learn techniques to improve their relationships, break through emotional barriers, overcome limitations and excel in ways taught to Olympic athletes, successful executives and performers.

An easy conversational style, humor and fascinating real life stories make it simple to understand the brain science, why we get stuck in various ways and what to do about it. Don't let yourself be run by unconscious and automatic reactions. Read the reviews below from award winners, researchers, academics and best selling authors to learn how to take control of your life.

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Real People, real life stories, and real emotional healing of past hurts and traumas!  In this book, Dr. Shapiro offers a collection of self-help techniques facilitating emotional healing based on EMDR therapy, used by thousands of clinicians and proven successful. Her true stories depict how stressful, painful or traumatic experiences influence our lives and block our potential – and how they can be changed and even resolved. An eye-opener to the layperson!

- Ruth Colvin

Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Co-Founder of ProLiteracy

Dr. Francine Shapiro presents a panoply of practical and powerful methods for processing unresolved memories and thus overcoming the anxieties that hold us back. A treasure trove of research-supported and EMDR-inspired techniques for achieving self-change and moving forward in life. Read it, try it, and reap the rewards!

- John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP

Distinguished University Fellow, University of Scranton

Editor, Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session

Dr. Shapiro is a pioneer in the field of helping people overcome trauma and negative past experiences. Getting Past Your Past is a powerful book that will help people understand their own behavior and more importantly give them a set of tools to immediately help them be happier and more effective. I highly recommend it.

- Daniel G. Amen, MD

Author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Francine Shapiro has given a life-transforming gift to the world by her rigorous development of a science-validated approach to soothing the suffering of our small and large life traumas. Through case examples and clearly articulated instructions within Getting Past Your Past our skillful guide takes us through the powerful and practical steps, derived from the treatment of literally millions of people, that can transform trauma into triumph. Explore this book with someone you love...beginning with yourself!"

- Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine

Author of The Developing Mind and Mindsight

In Getting Past Your Past, Dr. Francine Shapiro, the developer of EMDR and one of the leading clinical innovators in psychotherapy, translates her groundbreaking method into practical suggestions for those who have been stuck in past events from which they have been unable to free themselves. Eminently readable, Dr. Shapiro has written a volume that is a wonderful resource for those in psychotherapy, as well as those seeking to help themselves. This is a valuable companion for anyone who seeks an understanding of how the past can be carried in our memory networks influencing how we perceive the world, as well as offering practical strategies for growth.

- Jeffrey J. Magnavita, Ph.D., ABPP

Past President of the Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association

Founder of the Unified Psychotherapy Project

Francine Shapiro's discovery of EMDR is one of the most important breakthroughs in the history of psychotherapy. Having used it as part of my practice for the past 15 years, I, and many of my patients, still marvel at the depth and speed with which it can help heal and change the minds and brains, and even bodily symptoms of people who have been locked in, and suffering from trauma, often for decades. Getting Past Your Past is a wonderful place to begin to understand how such mental healing can occur, filled with case histories of people that are so transformed that these accounts may seem exaggerated. They are not. This book has all the sobriety of a master clinician who has worked in the field of trauma for decades, and is clear, serious, helpful, as it shares with the reader a method of healing trauma that has already helped millions.

- Norman Doidge, MD

Author of The Brain That Changes Itself

In Getting Past Your Past, Francine Shapiro takes her innovative therapy, EMDR, to people everywhere, making the insights and strategies of EMDR treatment available to a broad audience. The transformation of EMDR treatment strategies into self-help techniques is yet another step in Shapiro's journey to make healing from trauma available to all. This book will be a valuable resource for therapists and clients alike, as well as for the many individuals who struggle with the effects of painful life experiences but who do not seek formal treatment.

- Laura S. Brown, Ph.D. ABPP

Past-President, APA Division of Trauma Psychology

Director, Fremont Community Therapy Project

I am forever indebted to Francine Shapiro and EMDR therapy, which helped me to heal from a terrifying panic disorder. People in pain will now be able to read this groundbreaking book and understand how disturbing memories can be reprocessed. Our lives can become joyful instead of fearful. We can live in the present instead of the past.

- Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe and coauthor of The Faith Club

Getting Past Your Past provides readers with powerful new insights to understand how traumas and disturbances of all kinds disrupt human potential, and how they can deal with their own distress. Through well-chosen case studies the reader shares the profound experiences of a wide range of individuals and learns the EMDR treatment strategies that have enabled clients to strip "visceral" feelings from memories as a turning point on their path to self-regulation and personal safety.

- Stephen W. Porges, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Brain-Body Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, and self-regulation.

I am grateful to Francine Shapiro for having written Getting Past your Past, a lucid and practical book for transforming people's lives and helping them to savor living in the moment. EMDR is a powerfully effective treatment for overcoming the traumatic imprints of the past.

- Bessel van der Kolk MD

Medical Director Trauma Center, Justice Resource Institute

Director, National Complex Trauma Treatment Network

Professor of Psychiatry

Boston University School of Medicine

It appears that Dr. Francine Shapiro has discovered a profound linkage between the mind and body so that each might be healed. These stories of the rebalancing and revivifying of our dynamic nature reminds us that there are successful approaches to healing that are presently offering remarkable cures.

- Stephen and Ondrea Levine, authors of Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying

Are you painfully enslaved by emotional roadblocks and/or poor relationship choices? Unprocessed memories could be the problem...and EMDR could be the answer. EMDR is a powerful, scientifically validated process that has helped millions of people reclaim their freedom. In Getting Past Your Past, Francine Shapiro makes her practical methods available to the public for the first time. This is self-help at its finest.

- Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD

Director, The Milton Erickson Foundation

Director, Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference

This self-help book is a cause for tremendous optimism. With EMDR the world finally has a therapy against the damaging effects of trauma, one that is scientifically proven to be effective and quick, low-cost, and widely applicable in a range of settings and cultural milieus. The future of the human potential‹and the world— looks so much brighter for Francine Shapiro's discovery of EMDR.

- Rolf C. Carriere, former UN development professional and UNICEF

Representative in five Asian countries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609613686
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 36,056
  • File size: 869 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. Francine Shapiro is the originator and developer of EMDR therapy.  She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, Director of the EMDR Institute, and founder of the non-profit EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, which provides pro bono training and treatment to underserved populations worldwide.  She is a recipient of the International Sigmund Freud Award for Psychotherapy of the City of Vienna, the American Psychological Association Trauma Psychology Division Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology, and the Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award, from the California Psychological Association. As a result of her work, over 70,000 clinicians have treated millions of people during the past 20 years. She is an invited speaker at psychology conferences and universities worldwide, and has authored numerous articles, chapters, and books about EMDR therapy, including the primary text Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:  Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures. Her new book for both laypeople and clinicians is called Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Highly recommend it!

    Dr. Francine Shapiro in this inspiring book, not only shows us how we can begin to find and understand the core of our suffering, but how to help ourselves find freedom from past experiences of hardship, adversity and trauma. This is an excellent book that brings hope and empowers the reader to seek healing as an attainable goal. So many of us have felt at times hopeless and helpless and it is nice to find a book that remind us that there are healing forces within us that we can tap into as we begin our journey towards healing and a better future. Dr. Shapiro has done and excellent job providing self-help strategies grounded in the principles and core of EMDR therapy while making it clear that it is not intended to replace the therapeutic work done with an EMDR trained practitioner. This is definitely a book to have, and a book to give to anyone we care about! Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    THE Self-help book to read. Highly recommended.

    Life is cumulative. Past experience builds upon more experience and we
    become who we are whether we’re conscious of it or not. Memories of these
    experiences are stored physically in the brain. Dr. Shapiro’s book helps
    people think about their lives and provides specific techniques to find the
    links to make sense of who we are. She provides real life examples to which
    one can relate, then suggests hands-on strategies and exercises that enable
    the reader to connect the dots, make new decisions, take different actions,
    and achieve the means to effect change and growth. However, nowhere in this
    book does she recommend or mention moving one’s eyes, nor does she suggest
    self-administered EMDR, because that would be clearly unethical and
    irresponsible. Rather, when an emotional problem is described, she offers a
    variety of self-help techniques that can be safely used. In addition, she
    offers guidelines for readers to decide if it would be useful to get
    professional help with an experienced EMDR clinician.

    Getting Past Your Past is full of accessible, empowering self-help
    resources. It’s a delight to read, difficult to put down, and has something
    beneficial and fruitful for everyone.

    Dr. Patti Levin
    Boston

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Highly Recommended - Tell your colleagues, tell your family, tell your firends

    In her latest book, Getting Past Your Past, Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy, Francine Shapiro, PhD, brings the miracles of EMDR to clinicians and laypeople alike. These miracles refer to the many individuals who have been transformed since Dr. Shapiro’s historic walk in the park in Los Gatos, CA in the late 1980s. With compassion, caring, insight, and integrity, she presents some of their stories before and after EMDR. She generously shares self-healing techniques to assist readers in beginning their own healing journeys. This book can enlighten and strengthen individuals by encouraging them to explore past experiences in the present so they can be freer and more empowered in the future.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    "Connect the dots" for self help insights and exercises

    As a psychotherapist, I often hear folks ask, "I know how I WANT to act (or feel or think,) but I find myself responding in ways that just don't work. Why?" Dr. Shapiro's book, "Getting Past Your Past", provides the insights gleaned from the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) psychotherapy approach in a digestible, engaging format that will help individuals learn how to answer this question for themselves. By describing the experiences of actual clinical cases, she helps the reader understand how our problematic behaviors, feelings, thoughts, and reactions are simply a manifestation of past experiences that are physically stored in the brain in an unprocessed form. When these memories are not processed completely, we respond in ways that might have made sense in the past, but are no longer helpful. These unprocessed past experiences form memory networks that are triggered by current experiences. Dr Shapiro guides people to trace their current difficulties back to the past unprocessed memories that are the basis for their current responses. She also offers some simple ways to "de-activate" the intensity of current reactions in order to be more present in the "here and now" rather than responding from the "there and then."

    I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand their own responses and how they are impacted by past experiences - or anyone wanting to understand "what makes people tick." While this book is written for the general public, EMDR therapists and therapists curious about EMDR will benefit from the range and breadth of examples of the application of EMDR, and will gain a more thorough understanding of the Adaptive Information Processing model that is the foundation of EMDR practice.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    Yes--A self help book that actually helps!

    Seeing GPYP on a table in my office, several clients decided to buy the book. I believed it would be interesting to them but I have to admit they surprised me. They talked about themselves and their experiences prior to trying EMDR treatment in a new way. One man said (I believe, in jest) that you must have thought I read the book before I started treatment. He said, “She described me so well— the high functioning, successful male, undone by anxiety that he couldn’t comprehend. This client said I now really see how the childhood experiences which were built upon by the adolescent experiences kept escalating and so I couldn’t understand why I could do so well and feel so terrified, so angry and so inadequate. This clearly wasn’t the first conversation we had about this, but reading the book allowed him to “get it” in a way that he hadn’t before. He also started using the safe place and other self soothing techniques more regularly and seemed to appreciate their benefits with new insight.

    Presented in an articulate compassionate manner, Dr. Shapiro has given the reader a book that minimally will help them feel less undone by their own symptoms and more appreciative of the experiences they have had along the way. They have the opportunity to recognize that it is not “their fault” that they struggle with shame, anxiety, eating disorders; they are not crazy—there isn’t something intrinsically wrong with them—they are simply products of their experiences. AND, there are ways that allow those experiences to be healed giving them the potential of a much greater quality of life.

    Thank you, Dr. Shapiro—this is not a self-help book that will simply sit on people’s shelves,--- it will be read, reread and utilized. I highly recommend this book for clinicians, for clients, for all who want to make greater sense of their own story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    IT IS A BLESSING.

    This is a great book I would recommend it to anyone at any point and time in their life.
    I give it 5 stars

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Who's a speed reader?

    Do you really think that I would have read all ten of the books that I just recently ordered by now? And a couple more since. As they say: "Get real."

    P.S. Registered pen name and can't get past that pop-up box now. Who's doing what wrong? Will try submitting as anonymous.

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    Posted November 30, 2012

    BN download stinks

    I would love to have read this book but guess what! I paid for it and never got it. Still cant dl it just get the "Technical difficulty" Message when I try to DL it

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