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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a controversial method of psychotherapy used for treating posttraumatic stress syndrome and anxiety disorders. These two books provide an overview of EMDR for the general reader. Supporters claim that EMDR releases traumatic memories locked in the brain, accelerates recovery, and reduces stress; opponents point out that a neurological basis for this theory has yet to be established. These two new books on EMRR chiefly contain case histories and descriptions of the therapy; both warn against unauthorized use by therapists not trained by the EMDR Institute. Parnell, a clinical psychologist and senior EMDR Institute facilitator, claims a transcendent focus for EMDR, leading to "objective forgiveness" of oneself and the perpetrator of the trauma. Shapiro, who developed EMDR in 1989, documents research supporting EMDR, citing both controlled and uncontrolled studies and listing 12 populations where EMDR has been effectively used as a form of treatment. Both books are recommended for popular psychology collections, though Shapiro's book is the preferred choice for readers who may wish to follow up on EMDR research.?Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L. Cal.
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EMDR(R) . . . is one of the most helpful innovations in psychotherapy. . . . Parnell has done an outstanding job of describing the method and its possible benefits. . . . [T]his book will encourage and inform the recovery of many people who have experienced trauma. -- Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D., author of The Courage to Change

EMDR . . . is one of the most helpful innovations in psychotherapy. . . . Parnell has done an outstanding job of describing the method and its possible benefits. . . . [T]his book will encourage and inform the recovery of many people who have experienced trauma. --Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D., author of The Courage to Change

EMDR(r) . . . is one of the most helpful innovations in psychotherapy. . . . Parnell has done an outstanding job of describing the method and its possible benefits. . . . [T]his book will encourage and inform the recovery of many people who have experienced trauma. --Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D., author of The Courage to Change"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393317579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393317572
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I frequently recommend this book to clients who are interested in EMDR. It is very readable and conveys some of the power of EMDR. I find it more client friendly than the Shapiro books which are also good.
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By A Customer on August 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a wealth of clinical examples of EMDR, but doesn't provide any information about what EMDR is or any understanding about how it works. The author admits that she is "not trained as a cognitive-behaviorist" and thus rationalizes her lack of explanation of the theory of EMDR. The author is also an EMDR trainer, which calls into question her choice of case studies. EMDR is a patented method (as the little "r's in a circle" keep reminding us) and it would seem that the author thus has a conflict of interest in selecting which case histories are described. The cases are presented in a gee whiz style that undercuts any sense of objectivity, and as a consequence, the books ends up sounding like a long info-mercial. Too bad, because EMDR is an interesting therapy, but may benefit from a more objective approach than what is given here.
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Exceptional book on the use of EMDR to heal large "T" and small "t" traumas. I loved the use of case histories, and the fact that the author talks about her own use of EMDR, including childhood abuse and neglect. Too often when psychologists/ psychiatrists write books like this, they divulge their clients info without ever talking about themselves. Dr. Parnell believes in self-disclosure, which makes me trust her more. Some might think the claims about EMDR are too far-fetched, but I've had some experience with the technique myself and it has really proved a remarkable healing technique for me. Loved this book for making the technique accessible for the rest of us.
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I read several books on this topic and found this to be the most scientific and includes a lot more references. Other books tended to have more personal, anecdotal stories.
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This is about the details of new psychotherapy of regressing & releasing old traumatic (PTSD) that suffers millions of us hurt by abuse, accidents, rape, suicide, beating, birth trauma, etc. It very mysterious how remembering old hurt & terrors can be healed by recalling them & flickering eye movements is explained clearly. Its psychotherapy language take adjusting till we can maybe believe it can work. I've heard several interviews on C2Cam of EMDR therapists & damaged peoples healing stories. Reminds me of but very different than "Primal Scream therapy, 'Past-life regression', & 'Matrix Energetics" & other subconscious therapies to release old bad horrors, even past life abuses, death & dying, etc. Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of TransformationThe New Primal Scream: Primal Therapy 20 Years On (Abacus Books) Celebration of Breath: Rebirthing, Book II; Or How to Survive Anything and Heal Your Body
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By Chel on April 11, 2004
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Easy to read and helpful for understanding the process of EMDR. I would have to agree with the previous reviewer Laura M that PEACEFUL HEART : A Woman's Journey to Healing is a must-read. Aimee Jo Martin's story clearly illustrates and details her journey with successful EMDR treatments. Quite powerful if you want to really see how effective EMDR can be.
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Transforming Trauma: EMDR: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Freeing the Mind, Clearing the Body, and Opening the Heart
I was able to gain an understanding of EMDR with easy to understand, not too hard or simple language.This book is a quick read with all of the information I need.
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