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.
In partnership with the EMDR Association, the charity Trauma Response Network has 300 volunteer EMDR therapists offering free therapy online in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. NHS and key workers are being prioritised, but it is open to anyone severely traumatised by the pandemic. Sean Gardner, a businessman caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing founded Trauma Response Network together with EMDR therapists, to provide ‘mental health first aid’ in the aftermath of a mass trauma event. There are links to Manchester Evening News who covered the story below and a clip from Sky News
A woman describes how EMDR helped her on the road to recovery from PTSD caused by the violence she suffered as a very young child growing up in the Ukraine.
A Canadian journalist describes how effective she found EMDR for the issues she was dealing with, and gives some background to the therapy.
Medical TV series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ takes EMDR as a storyline: the writer and producer gives an interview to explain why.
A programme about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Radio 4’s You and Yours highlights that EMDR is a first line treatment and includes several calls from listeners who benefited from the therapy.
Experimental musician Nina Keith’s debut album was inspired by her experience of EMDR therapy:
A new video is launched about EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association. A great introduction to the what and why of this amazing therapy.
A woman trapped in the doors of a train travelling at high speed, recovered from the lasting trauma of this experience with EMDR. Read her story in The Guardian:
A woman suffering from PTSD following the birth of her baby was able to recover with the help of EMDR
Article in the Guardian about mental health support for homeless people which mentions EMDR.
The founder of EMDR therapy, Francine Shapiro, died on 16th June 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).
A young woman found EMDR helped her cope with the trauma of loosing both her brothers to suicide in the same year.
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.
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.
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.
EMDR trainer and therapist, Gus Murray, appeared on RTE Today with Marua and Daithi to talk about EMDR therapy.
The Guardian newspaper ran a feature on EMDR after former Spice Girl Mel B announced she was having the therapy.
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.
A wide range of media interviewed businessman Sean Gardner who set up the charity Trauma Response UK with volunteer EMDR therapists after he was caught up in the Manchester Arena attack. Here is a selection of the press coverage:
Sally and Gemma, the mother and sister of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, talk to the Evening Standard about how they have both found new hope for the future thanks to EMDR therapy.
BBC Radio 4’s iPM programme discusses EMDR and how it has helped victims of bullying.
The Daily Mail reports on how EMDR helped a woman recover from anxiety and depression. Hannah Cooper’s ongoing problems stemmed from unprocessed memories around her parents’ divorce when she was just 11.
The Daily Mail explains how Sarah Cavanagh was diagnosed with PTSD 18 months after a traumatic labour. She started experiencing puzzling physical symptoms when she had to go back to work. EMDR therapy helped her dramatically in her recovery.
An account in Wales Online of a woman in her 30s who was finally helped by EMDR after years of eating disorders, depression and suicide attempts triggered by childhood sexual abuse.
In the Daily Record, Sheila Brill shares how EMDR changed her life after suffering with PTSD for 20 years. Mistakes during a difficult labour left her daughter disabled, and Sheila experienced traumatic flashbacks and fits of rage until she tried EMDR.
A story of one soldier’s recovery from PTSD with EMDR
Despite her scepticism, nine sessions of EMDR therapy stopped Hilary Horton’s intense flashbacks. The Telegraph reports how, as an Air Force reserve nurse, she had been in a traumatic situation in Iraq that left her with serious PTSD.
BBC News tells the story of Dr Michael Patterson who was helped by EMDR following the loss of both his arms in the Northern Ireland Troubles. He went on to become a leading expert in EMDR in Ireland.