EMDR therapy is being featured by the New York Times!

March 21st, 2012

Dr. Francine Shapiro addresses reader questions about the current state of research on EMDR therapy.

Consults Experts on the Front Lines of Medicine:

The Evidence on E.M.D.R.By THE NEW YORK TIMES


This is a compendium of all the research evidence and will provide you with a needed resource for yourself, clients and colleagues

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. What kind of problems can EMDR treat?Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress.

However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:

  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disturbing memories
  • PhobiasPain disorders
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and/or Physical abuse
  • Body dysmorphic disorders

Do Ancestral Themes Predict Your Destiny?

June 10th, 2008

I have often observed how family stories repeated by a parent, grand-parent or family elder when one is a child, lay buried deep as a compass for their future development. One grand-parent was fond of telling her young grand-daughters the story of “Chicken Little”. Hundreds of times they heard the line, “the sky is falling, the sky is falling ….who will help me bake the bread? No-one will help me bake the bread!”

Is it any wonder that when these girls became women, they lived lives of ongoing struggle; becoming accomplished in their careers but living much of their sleep- deprived lives as single parents juggling their responsibilities and truly believing that no partner would ever be available for support and companionship?

If you feel that you are not living up to your potential, or are stuck in repetitive, self-defeating patterns…reflect on the story or advice you may have frequently heard as a child and notice if it has become your limiting belief. We can create a new theme.

Why do we feel such pain in betrayal?

May 16th, 2008

Betrayal is a fracture of the foundation of trust. I think it has a survival function to warn us about who is a threat to our survival and who will support our survival. It teaches us to better develop our internal radar and not to continue to place our investment in an unworthy bank.


Barbara Madani :: Registered Psychologist :: Therapy & Counseling in Vancouver BC :: Phone (604) 876-4313 :: Email
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