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Every Memory Deserves Respect

The Book
"In this extraordinary, lucid, and comprehensive work, the authors explain the impact and legacy of trauma in clear terms, and how EMDR can effectively resolve being haunted by the past."

-Bessel van der Kolk, Author of The Body Keeps the Score

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Trauma is a Part of Life

You or someone you care about has probably experienced trauma, whether “big-T” trauma, such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse or the more common but no less significant “little-t” trauma that can result from divorce, job loss, painful childhood experiences, or any situation where you felt worthless, afraid, or powerless. Untreated trauma can lead to long lasting effects such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and difficulties maintaining intimate relationships.

But the good news is that we can heal—and it doesn’t have to take a lifetime. EMDR (which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a unique type of psychotherapy proven to help people recover from trauma and improve the quality of their lives.

Cowritten by a patient who experienced transformative relief from trauma through EMDR therapy, and a world-renowned psychologist who explains exactly how and why EMDR works, Every Memory Deserves Respect provides clear information while offering inspiration and hope.

Through compelling science, personal stories, and powerful photographic images, we learn how trauma is stored in the brain and body, continuing to cause pain and suffering, and how EMDR frees us by repatterning our thinking and emotional reactions. It explains why talk therapy has only a limited impact on trauma recovery, describes what to expect from gentle and targeted EMDR therapy, and offers guidance on how to find a therapist who is just right for you.

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WHAT EMDR EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK

...lively and illuminating..."

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"A one-of-a-kind book that engages the reader from page one. The lively and illuminating exchange between co-authors Michael (trauma survivor) and Deborah (trauma therapist) humanizes the recovery experience of the survivor and captures the wisdom and warmth of a skilled therapist. "

- Mark Nickerson, LICSW, Director, EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC and Past President, EMDR International Association