Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is in the news again. Robert Bales murdered 16 civilians in Afghanistan. He has TBI, drinks too much, and just saw a friend lose a leg. Why does TBI matter?  Traumatic brain injuries are head injuries that can occur from a direct blow to the head, in an accident, sports, or

By |2012-03-18T17:13:06-07:00March 18th, 2012|0 Comments

NYT’s Article: A Typical Suicide of an American Soldier

James Risen writes about a soldier, Staff Sgt. David Senft, with PTSD who kills himself in Afghanistan. The article lists many things that predict successful suicide: Senft came from a distressed "broken" family. He had many attachment disruptions in childhood. He had been on multiple tours of duty. He had PTSD from a trauma early in

By |2011-01-02T09:54:42-08:00January 2nd, 2011|0 Comments

Tricare Refuses to Pay for CRT & EMDR for Veterans

National Public Radio wrote and spoke about the "Battle Over the Science" of Tricare not paying for cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) "despite pressure from Congress and the recommendations of military and civilian experts, the Pentagon’s health plan for troops and many veterans does not to cover” cognitive rehabilitation therapy —

By |2010-12-22T16:58:10-08:00December 22nd, 2010|1 Comment

Trauma Treatment Handbook: Protocols Across the Spectrum

My copy of the new book arrived today. Here is what Diana Fosha says about it:"This is a thorough, accessible, and very practical book, filled with resources and sound ideas, filtered through the intelligence and experience of a savvy, compassionate, down-to-earth, and very experienced clinician. It is like a travel guide to the land of

By |2010-08-17T19:22:38-07:00August 17th, 2010|5 Comments

NYT’s article and video about military women with PTSD.

Video of military woman with PTSD: Video Article about military women with PTSD: Article Check out Damien Cave's article in today's New York Times. Women are less likely to be granted disability on the grounds that they weren't in combat, even though they are seeing plenty of action in Iraq. Unrecognized, they feel shame about

By |2009-11-01T07:28:01-08:00November 1st, 2009|1 Comment

Waltzing With Bashir

Ari Folman has made a beautiful and devastating movie about trauma, dissociation, and war. As a young Israeli soldier, he was in the 1982 Lebanon war. When a friend came to him with troubling memories of that war, Folman realized that he had no memories about being in Lebanon. A therapist friend told him to

By |2009-02-08T18:24:40-08:00February 8th, 2009|0 Comments

EMDR for Veterans: Write a Letter

The EMDR International Association, (EMDRIA) is urging its members to write a letter supporting EMDR treatment for soldiers and veterans. The EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program has been offering and doing volunteer-run, inexpensive Basic trainings to the military and the VA. EMDR has been accepted by the Department of Defense as one of two effective/allowed treatments.

By |2009-01-16T07:58:35-08:00January 16th, 2009|1 Comment

Soldiers Project NW II

I went to an organizational meeting for the Soldiers Project NW(SP)last night. Forty-two people were there. Therapists from all over the Puget Sound region, one from Yakima, and even one from California. About 10 were veterans. Several had worked for the VA. The rest were people who heard about it and wanted to help. Several

By |2008-04-29T07:39:54-07:00April 29th, 2008|0 Comments

The Soldiers Project, Washington

Nicole Brodeur featured "The Soldiers Project"  in her Friday Seattle Times column.  This some of what she said: " Trisha Pearce, who lives in Stanwood, is starting a Northwest chapter of The Soldiers Project, a network of licensed mental-health counselors who offer free psychological treatment to active-duty soldiers, National Guard members, reserves, veterans and their

By |2008-04-21T14:35:16-07:00April 21st, 2008|0 Comments

PTSD Has Genetic Aspects

http://arstechnica.com/journals/science.ars/2008/03/18/study-identifies-gene-x-environment-link-to-ptsd  is a link to a website that discusses the connection between a stress-related gene and the likelihood of developing PTSD. The new issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association features an article by Dr. Kerry  Ressler and several co-authors found that specific variations in the gene appeared to be influenced by child

By |2008-03-19T19:15:50-07:00March 19th, 2008|0 Comments

EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program

I'm on the board of the Humanitarian Assistance Program of EMDR. We are a non-profit organization whose goal is to "expand access to effective mental health treatment for traumatized and underserved communities through direct service and training of local caregivers, anywhere in the world." HAP's current projects include training therapists in Lebanon, the West Bank,India,

By |2007-04-02T14:01:37-07:00April 2nd, 2007|5 Comments

Soldier with PTSD from War or Rape

PBS's Frontline has a new show about the psychological effects of the Iraq War on soldiers, including the culture of "suck it up" in the service that prohibits many soldiers from getting treatment, go here to read about it or watch it online. The New York Times Magazine has a cover story about rape and

By |2007-03-22T07:28:35-07:00March 22nd, 2007|0 Comments

Francine Shapiro replies

I had posted on my last thoughts on a private list and got a reply from Francine Shapiro, the founder and steward of EMDR. It was a bit daunting for me. She's smarter, more well-informed, and the inventor of what I do in much of my working hours. She has given me permission to post

By |2007-03-03T22:42:48-08:00March 3rd, 2007|1 Comment

“Virtual Reality” in tx of PTSD

Check out these links for looking at "Virtual Reality" videos for treatment of war-caused PTSD in soldiers. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14048170?GT1=8307 http://www.defense-update.com/products/v/VR-PTSD.htm Virtual Reality? It sounds like old fashioned exposure therapy that teaches dissociation, not healed presence.  There are non-EMDR treatments that work for trauma and don't promote dissociation. All of them, that I know about, share EMDR's

By |2007-02-26T21:19:46-08:00February 26th, 2007|0 Comments

EMDR with Veterans

Like a Ghost: Using EMDR to revive a traumatized vet's marriage by Nancy Errebo is a wonderful article in the recent Psychotherapy Networker. Click here to read it. The Psychotherapy Networker is my favorite therapy magazine. It's readable, easy to look at, open to many modalities, and full of useful information. I always find at

By |2007-02-14T20:23:44-08:00February 14th, 2007|0 Comments