VIDEO: Bessel van der Kolk on Effective Trauma Treatment with EMDR

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. • 11/4/2016 • 7 Comments

Trauma is about horror.

A horrendous reality that you don't want to remember...

Our clients are often dealing with the unspeakable. Are you using tools that promote healing, or are you re-traumatizing the people who've come to you for help?

Listen to this fascinating case in this free short video —and learn insights on the ONE TOOL all trauma therapists should have.






Topic: Trauma

Tags: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Shame | Trauma | EMDR | Trauma Treatment

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7 Comments

Sunday, November 13, 2016 9:16:05 AM | posted by Nancy O'Dell
I have seen this happen many times using EMDR and it's what I love most about this healing modality. When the answers come from within the person they are the most powerful.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 2:55:47 PM | posted by Debbra Tessmer-Wagner, LMFT, Certified EMDR Clinician, Certified Sexual Assault and DV Response
I've been practicing since 2010, with my main focus on trauma. Not only am I board licensed as a psychotherapist, I am a certified EMDR clinician, I'm certified sexual assault and domestic violence responder, and 80% of my 45 clients/week are trauma patients. I utilize EMDR on a regular basis and have seen remarkable de-escalation in emotional trauma as well as psychological trauma via EMDR. Clients report substantial decrease in hyperarousal upon remembering the traumatic event after EMDR. A client this week mentioned that her supervisor is moving the team AWAY from EMDR and toward exposure therapy. I vehemently disagree with this approach as, like Bessel van der Kolk, I believe this is completely retraumatizing to clients. One step farther, I believe it is unethical to do exposure therapy with trauma clients because I believe it actually "does harm" to the individual who feels like he/she is reliving the horrific event. Very early in my clinical years I got certified with EMDR due to the strength of research on outcome based statistics of long-term healing. The evidence is in the efficacy with which my trauma clients are regaining wholeness, healing and health. Thank you, Bessel, for advocating for this vital modality. If clinicians are not utilizing EMDR, I believe they ought to rethink doing trauma work. Sincerely, Debbra Tessmer-Wagner, LMFT (CA 77147)

Sunday, November 13, 2016 6:49:59 PM | posted by Ailine Ostby
Dr. van der Kolk is such an inspiration. Thanks so much for the video. I became trained in EMDR because of him, and I have found it very useful. Clients tend to move much faster after phase 2. I do spend much time in this phase though, until they seem to have enough coping skills to move forward in safety.

Monday, November 14, 2016 1:28:19 AM | posted by Susanne drury
I have been a trauma therapist for 40 years and I remember feeling like working with trauma was like bailing the ocean with a teaspoon. I feel so grateful that we can help people have significant relief in a short time And we have these wonderful experiences of grace that happen. I also do Internal family Systems and feel like they beautifully support each other

Monday, November 14, 2016 4:40:09 AM | posted by Veronica gonzalez martin
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Monday, November 14, 2016 11:45:41 AM | posted by Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon
THANK YOU! What a powerful message in such a short video! I'm sharing!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 3:16:30 PM | posted by Irene
Very interesting. But I have a lot of questions. (Wish Dr. Bessel would read this). I believe that developmental trauma, and in general speaking about "each trauma is different and has it´s own needs to be healed", does not need to go to memories and remember, it could be counterproductive for the process. So EMDR wouldn´t be advised for developmental trauma. But this talk made me think if EMDR has an use in this cases for reframing the story and going beyond it. I would use body therapy for developmental trauma, SE for example. Maybe neurofeedback for making new conections without going to the story.