Overcoming the effects of trauma

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a unique, powerful therapy that helps people recover from problems triggered by traumatic events in their lives. It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly.

EMDR is best known for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and it can also help with a range of mental health conditions in people of all ages.

EMDR in the media

Please note, various media coverage is shown here in order to share with you many different people’s experiences of EMDR treatment. For authoritative descriptions and definitions of the therapy please return to this site as the EMDR Association is not responsible for third party content.

August 2019

A woman suffering from PTSD following the birth of her baby was able to recover with the help of EMDR

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July 2019

Article in the Guardian about mental health support for homeless people which mentions EMDR.

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June 2019

The founder of EMDR therapy, Francine Shapiro, died on 16th June 2019.

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May 2019

Russell Brand interviewed Jameela Jamil about how EMDR helped her manage childhood trauma. (If you are offended by swearing please be warned in advance that there is some during this interview).

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‘A young woman found EMDR helped her cope with the trauma of loosing both her brothers to suicide in the same year.’

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April 2019

Natasha Kaplinsky, the former BBC newsreader, talks about how she had EMDR to help her cope with the trauma of having been with her family on a boat which exploded in flames, injuring her and her daughter.

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Actress Evan Rachel Wood talks about how EMDR is helping her cope with traumatic experiences. Please note that she says the therapy is only available for people who can afford to pay, as she lives in the USA, but in the UK it is available on the NHS.

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October 2018

The American comedian Adam Clayton Holland talks about how EMDR helped him, following his sister’s suicide, in an excerpt from his new book published in GQ magazine.

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EMDR trainer and therapist, Gus Murray, appeared on RTE Today with Maura and Daithi to talk about EMDR therapy.

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September 2018

The Guardian newspaper ran a feature on EMDR after former Spice Girl Mel B announced she was having the therapy.

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June 2018

BBC TV’s Victoria Derbyshire programme interviewed Gemma Dowler, the sister of murdered schoolgirl Milly, on the anniversary of what would have been her 30th birthday.  Gemma received EMDR after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the tragedy.

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