For many of the clients I treat, intrusive thoughts are part of their problem. This is especially true in cases of PTSD or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but intrusive thoughts are often a major issue in cases of depression, anxiety, or marriage therapy where there has been infidelity. With PTSD, a client "stuck" in the trauma may suddenly have a flashback to horrible abuse, or with OCD, an internal voice may say "You hit a pothole on that road" over and over until the client
Here is a great news story illustrating how EMDR can achieve the seemingly impossible--curing PTSD. Initially the clients thought nothing could help them, and that the therapy would fail. But the success of EMDR doesn't depend on belief! It's an uplifting story. Notice how even though EMDR stands for "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocesing," the therapy here used back-and-forth hand pulsers rather than eye movements. It works just as well.
EMDR works, and most often in my experience produces a total cure, which is to say, a total absence of all PTSD symptoms, including anxiety and depression. Clients can even think directly of previously traumatic events not only without disturbance, but with feelings of relief and strength! I can make this bold claim based on real events. A man last year completed EMDR treatment with me. He arrived in an emotionally disorganized state, anxious and tearful, having lived with sy