BBC defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt investigates a specialist therapy being used to tackle post-combat stress among the military.
This BBC News article turns out to be on Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and its use in one soldier’s recovery from Post Traumatic Stress. It’s a very positive article though it focuses on the use of bi-lateral eye movement rather than any of the other procedures that accompany the moving of the therapist’s fingers. I spent a day in Salford University library researching EMDR and my conclusions were that the bi-lateral eye movements make little difference, rather its the other cognitive elements that support change and allow the processing of traumatic memories. Still my friend and EMDR therapist, Jean Clements, is going to give me some EMDR on my own shame-based memories and I shall see for myself.
See on www.bbc.co.uk