EMDR Therapy for Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses:

EMDR Therapy for Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses:


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"The book exudes an atmosphere of openness, curiosity, humanism, and growth instead of control... This book is recommended to every therapist interested in the turbulent history of controversies and paradigms surrounding schizophrenia/psychosis and trauma.

Paul de Bont, Matty Geurink, PsycCRITIQUES

"Dr. Paul Miller takes EMDR theory, research, and practice a major step forward with his new book. [He] explores the way both researchers and clinicians can successfully integrate EMDR theory and therapy into the current understanding and work with schizophrenia and other psychoses. I believe this volume will be a milestone in the development of EMDR."

Udi Oren, PhD, President, EMDR Europe Association

"The EMDR community has been waiting for Paul to publish this book! He has a tremendous reputation, nationally and internationally!"

Uri Bergmann, PhD, Recent Past-President, EMDRIA

Author, Neurobiological Foundations for EMDR Practice

This groundbreaking resource is the first to apply EMDR therapy to individuals with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Written by the recognized world leader in using EMDR therapy to treat psychoses, the book delivers state-of-the-art research on this topic. It demonstrates how EMDR therapy can be safely used to help individuals with schizophrenia and other psychoses by formulating these disorders within a trauma and dissociation model. The book describes ICoNN (Indicating Cognitions of Negative Networks), an easy-to-use modification to the standard EMDR therapy eight-phase model, and includes actual case studies to illustrate its use. These case studies of patients that have been successfully treated with EMDR therapy serve as valuable templates for clinicians regarding obtaining patient histories, examining mental states, case formulation, and treatment planning. Scripted materials provide additional guidance to therapists working with this client group.

The book traces the evolution of the phenomenology of psychoses from Kraepelin's dementia praecox through to Kendler's substantial nosological contribution to the modern phenotype for schizophrenia. Using Kendler's criteria, it aids the clinician in identifying those clients most likely to benefit from EMDR therapy. The book demonstrates how to formulate cases within a trauma model to facilitate the strong therapeutic rapport needed when treating patients with psychoses. It describes the ICoNN model, which provides a semistructured method of formulating and treating complex cases, and underscores its value as a unifying model that facilitates research. Chapters reinforce the theoretical foundations of EMDR therapy through learning objectives and summaries covering historical, phenomenological, and clinical facets of EMDR therapy with psychotic patients.


  • Guides clinicians in the safe, proven use of EMDR therapy to treat psychoses
  • Authored by a recognized world leader in EMDR therapy for treatment of psychoses
  • Describes ICoNN, an easily understood adaptation to the standard 8-phase EMDR therapy model
  • Summarizes the trauma and dissociation literature
  • Provides case examples and scripted materials to guide the therapist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826123176
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/28/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 708,634
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Paul William Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych, is a senior psychiatrist specializing in general adult and old-age psychiatry and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is an accredited EMDR consultant and an EMDR institute facilitator. Dr. Miller has served on the Council of the EMDR UK and Ireland Association and chaired the training subcommittee. He introduced EMDR to psychiatry in the Northern Ireland National Health Service (NHS), setting up EMDR clinics across the region. He left the NHS in April 2009 to pursue a full-time private practice and founded Mirabilis Health in January 2011, the first private psychiatrist-led clinic specializing in EMDR in Northern Ireland with an active research interest. Dr. Miller is a popular national and international speaker on topics including schizophrenia and EMDR, and he has been an Honorary Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Birmingham and at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr. Miller is the recipient of the Galloway Award presented by the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (2000), the International Society for Psychiatric Genetics Travelling Scholarship (2001), and the Northern Ireland Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Prize (Irish Division: 2002). Dr. Miller is affiliated with the EMDR research group at Worcester University. He has spoken on EMDR in schizophrenia and other psychoses in Europe and was an invited speaker at an EMDRIA workshop in Minneapolis (2010) and at EMDRIA Anaheim (2011), where he was also a plenary speaker. Dr. Miller has published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals on psychological reactions to trauma, schizophrenia, and EMDR.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Uri Bergmann, PhD




1. The Link Between Trauma, Psychosis, and Schizophrenia

2. The Phenomenology of Dissociation, Psychosis, and Schizophrenia

3. History Taking and Mental State Examination in Psychosis

4. Psychotherapy for Psychosis and Schizophrenia: The “Wizard of Oz Fallacy”

5. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

6. EMDR for Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses: Rationale and Research to Date

7. An End to Therapeutic Nihilism

8. Case Formulation and Treatment Planning: EMDR Therapy + ICoNN Model

9. EMDR Therapy + ICoNN 1 Category Case Examples

10. EMDR Therapy + ICoNN 2 Category Case Examples

11. EMDR Therapy + ICoNN 3 Category Case Examples

12. EMDR Therapy + ICoNN 4 Category Case Examples

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