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EMDR inspired me to create a film

When I had EMDR in 2007, I thought it was some kind of joke. I had read about the treatment in David Servan-Schreiber’s Healing without Freud or Prozac. The other things he discusses in that book seemed to make sense, but this EMDR stuff? No way. It just seemed impossible.

After one session I noticed some big changes in my feelings and even in my health. Yet even then I just chalked up the changes to coincidence. After all, it couldn’t have had anything to do with that eye-moving thing I did.

Out of curiosity, I did a little bit of research and was surprised to see that this weird thing called EMDR actually had some serious grounding in research. The more I read, the more I realized that my dismissal was based in total ignorance. I ate up anything and everything related to EMDR and even began to record seminars on the therapy for a video client. As time went on, and as I began to see plain as day in front of me the astounding results of this remarkable treatment, I realized that I wanted to do something to make sure as many people knew about it as possible.

In 2008 I began to film and construct the most thorough documentary into EMDR to date, finishing the project in November of 2011. The project is called simply EMDR and can be found online at It’s been an incredible three-plus years, filled with eye-opening and inspiring interviews around every turn. Overall, the best way of putting it is that my exploration of EMDR has been a total humbling. I realized that we know so little about the mind and brain that to dismiss research and results (no matter how surprising) without a good reason is foolish to say the least. Now, if we can just get policy-makers and those suffering with PTSD to realize same thing, we will be, as a global community, on our way to recovery with EMDR.

BayAreaTraumaTherapy has just Launched, thanks to Ann Gildersleeve!

Ann and her colleague Karin Kleiner had been very interested in creating a Bay Area directory web site serving PTSD sufferers with the most research-validated treatment: EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. The mysterious world of web design quickly became overwhelming to them and they gave up. So they were very interested to hear that I could help them easily launch a proven site to help people in the Bay Area learn about how effective AND efficient EMDR is for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. People from San Francisco to Oakland, San Jose to Marin or Walnut Creek can now find highly qualified EMDR therapists. We have the highest standards for inclusion of any EMDR directory web site. Therapists must either be Certified in EMDR or well on their way to certification. For PTSD help, link here to and to our updated new directory for the Bay Area:

Today launched the first Newsletter drawn from this Blog

Spread the Word — EMDR Transforms Trauma was just sent out to a small group of about 180 people. Let us see how long it takes for the number to grow to 1,000, 5,000 and 20,000. Does anyone want to venture some guesses? Let us see how quickly we can get it to 1,000.

Constant Contact will give us the total, and I’ll report back to you from San Diego and our EMDR therapists here, who are the seed group for the start of this newsletter (though we have participants in Australia, New York and many other locations already). Thank you to all for your help!