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Using compassionate mind training as a resource in EMDR : A case study

Beaumont, E and Hollins-Martin, CJ 2013, 'Using compassionate mind training as a resource in EMDR : A case study' , Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 7 (4) , pp. 186-199.

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This case study examines the contribution of compassionate mind training (CMT) when used as a resource in the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment of a 58-year-old man, who presented after a recent trauma with psychological distress and somatic symptoms—an inability to sign his name. Self-report questionnaires (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale [HADS], Impact of Events Scale-R [IES-R], and Self-Compassion Scale [SCS]) were administered at pretherapy, midtherapy, posttherapy, and 9-month follow-up. EMDR with CMT facilitated recall of forgotten memories about his sister’s traumatic death decades previously, with related emotions of shame and grief, creating insight into how these past events linked to his current signature-signing phobia. Eight sessions of therapy resulted in an elimination of the client’s signature-signing phobia and a reduction in trauma-related symptoms, elevation in mood, and increase in self-compassion. Effects were maintained at 9-month follow-up. The “Discussion” section highlights the value of working collaboratively with clients to best meet their individual needs.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of EMDR Practice and Research
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1933-3196
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: EA Beaumont
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 17:11
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:55

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