EMDR Essentials: A Guide for Clients and Therapists

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					fairy-tale model of case formulation as well as instruc-              However, before I go further, I must ask you to find
tions on how to get the most out of each session.                 your black magic marker. Take it and boldly cross out
   Greenwald recommends two interventions for the                 “and Therapists” in the title. Why do I ask you to do
trauma resolution (slaying the dragon) phase of the               this? Because as a psychotherapist and EMDR consul-
treatment plan; EMDR is one of these. Greenwald                   tant, I was heartily disappointed until I realized that the
teaches the reader step-by-step EMDR standard pro-                title misrepresents the book. EMDR Essentials is not a
tocol with scripts and forms “adapted from Shapiro                book for therapists. It is strictly for clients who know
2001.” He explains the adaptive information-processing            little or nothing about psychology.
model and variations of the EMDR protocol and gives                   Once past the misleading title, you will notice on
easy-to-follow suggestions for getting out of difficult            page 2 that the author, Barb Maiberger, definitively
situations. He provides a chapter with modifications for           writes, “The sole purpose of this book is to inform
using EMDR with children and adolescents. The nov-                you, the client, about what to expect when you enter
ice EMDR therapist will find this section of the book              EMDR therapy and how it may help you heal from
handy to have at their fingertips, along with his sugges-          the trauma.”
tion to practice and have supervision. Greenwald cites                Bingo. Right there is the purpose of the book and
other authors and theorists at every opportunity. He              the target audience. The book is for the client, not the
has included five pages of references as well as “up-to-           therapist. I, of course, began immediately to wonder
date” Web sites for trauma-related material.                      who chose the title. Yet I was grateful for the second
   I recommend this book to students and clinicians               read, as my perspective on the book changed drasti-
wanting an excellent “back-to-basics” training manual             cally now knowing that it was written for our clients.
for trauma-related work. While more seasoned ther-                    Maiberger began her career as a massage therapist.
apists may become impatient with the rudimentary                  In her book, she assembles the somatic experiences of
approach, students will value the comprehensive di-               her EMDR clients in an informative conversational
rections for becoming a competent therapist, and clini-           style. In a discipline where many question the validity
cians who are new to EMDR will appreciate the basic          
				
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