For nearly two decades – since its initial introduction to professional circles – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has become increasingly popular among practitioners dealing with trauma. While a number of empirical studies, clinical experience, and published scholarly work have confirmed the efficacy of this therapeutic method in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, there remains a large gap in the literature in this burgeoning area. Most existing material on EMDR concentrates on the theoretical constructs of the method and /or the physical methodology of the treatment, while not recognizing that even evidence-based forms of treatment are practiced by flesh and blood human beings. This book explores an area that has, until now, been left unconsidered.
EMDR and the Relational Imperative: examines the nature of the therapeutic relationship as it pertains to EMDR use in psychotherapy. Mark Dworkin has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over 30 years – specializing in the treatment of PTSD for the last 25 years – and has been working with Dr. Francine Shapiro (founder of the EMDR Institute and the developer of EMDR) since 1995. Mr. Dworkin represents the entire body of research and published work on the relational aspects of EMDR, and has received Dr. Shapiro’s support and guidance in his expansion of the theory and practice of this treatment methodology.
“In this text, Dworkin draws upon his extensive clinical experience, the wisdom gleaned from the burgeoning field of neurobiology, and his understanding of the Adaptive Information Processing model, which guides EMDR, to provide clinicians practicing any form of psychotherapy with a more thorough appreciation of the processes of clinical change and the dynamics of effective therapeutic relationships.” -from the foreword by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Mental Research Institute.
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