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EMDR in the News: Why More Celebrities Are Turning to EMDR Therapy for Their Mental Health

This article (click below, but read the underlined stuff below first before you do) is helpful in understanding how EMDR changes lives and helps people move on, especially with trauma such as Harry's loss of his mother, Princess Diana. EMDR has been around since the 80's, with the first study published in 1989, and since then there have been over 88 published studies. The World Health Organization, the Veterans Administration, the Department of Defense, and the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress have all given EMDR their strongest recommendation and official approval, based on the research.

The article contains an OK description of how EMDR works, but before you read it, there are two corrections to be made. First, the article states that EMDR is not effective with complex trauma and personality disorders. This is not true. Even in their Basic trainings, the EMDR Institute teaches how to handle these issues, and more advanced training actually focuses on these issues, integrating EMDR with other effective methods. This is the majority of what I do. Second, the article states that EMDR involves talking in detail about horrible things. This is the opposite of what is true, and it's what makes EMDR different. The World Health Organization's public statement on EMDR states that it is preferable to talk therapies because it does not require extensive detail about trauma (see other entries in my blog about this). This is why Prolonged Exposure (a very effective talk therapy method for trauma) has a dropout rate of 50% in the treatment of PTSD, and EMDR has a 10% dropout rate. Clients prefer the "soft" approach of EMDR. Other than these two things, the article is OK.

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