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How does EMDR heal trauma? We ask one clinical researcher—and one trauma survivor

The New Story Is with Dave Ursillo

Apr 25 2023 • 57 mins

Content warning: This episode contains brief mentions of sexual, physical, and emotional violence involving children, childhood abuse, sexual abuse of a child, bullying, and substance use.


For most of his life, Michael Baldwin was haunted by curious phobias, recurring nightmares, interpersonal relationship issues, and sudden anxieties so distressing that he would turn to substance use for relief. One day, a therapist suggested that he was suffering from the effects of trauma. He introduced Michael to EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Everything began to change.


Michael Baldwin and Deborah L. Korn are the authors of Every Memory Deserves Respect, which tells Michael’s story as a trauma survivor and shares Deborah's clinical knowledge and expertise on what trauma is, how it affects the brain, and how EMDR therapy has been proven to help people recover from the effects of trauma with over 30 years of research and evidence.


Deborah L. Korn is a clinical psychologist and consultant, teacher, and researcher who presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. She is on the faculty of the EMDR Institute in California and the Trauma Research Foundation in Boston. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.


In this special episode, we ask, "Could EMDR therapy become the 'new story' of trauma survivorship for the nearly 70% of the population who suffer from the effects of traumatic experiences?"


Find an EMDR therapist at EMDR International Association.


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