This weekend an article regarding PTSD and EMDR by John Young of Cox Newspapers was posted on the Austin American Statesman website, and includes quotes for EMDRIA President Sharon Rollins, and Past-President Sue Hoffman:
Then again, I heard from a veteran in Austin who had sought help, and wanted everyone to know what worked for him. He called it a cure. “It” is EMDR.
Eye Motion Desensitization and Reprocessing is a mouthful. It causes the unversed to think “quackery” by the sixth or seventh syllable. It’s not. It’s a tremendous breakthrough that could help countless war veterans and others who are dealing with trauma.
The procedure was discovered and refined by San Francisco behavior therapist Dr. Francine Shapiro. She found that effecting a pattern of side-to-side eye motion with a trained practitioner somehow can dislodge crippling things from the brain’s right hemisphere — deeply buried impressions and memories that, said Shapiro, “are beyond verbal comprehension.”
This is a major departure from traditional psychotherapy because it doesn’t involve talk.
“Talk doesn’t affect the emotional brain or the physical brain,” said Waco therapist Sharon Rollins. “EMDR works on all levels,” just as REM (rapid-eye movement) plows the fields of sleep.
EMDRIA encourages all of its members to contact their local media and be available for interviews regarding EMDR whenever possible. In fact, EMDRIA is working on a kit to help members with press releases! As soon as it is available we will notify you here on the blog!