Title: EMDR with the Psychiatrically Medicated Client.
The era of magical bullets, namely that of anti-pills targeting ill-conceived hypothetical mental disorders, is coming to an end but is not over. This workshop will provide information to assist EMDR practitioners working with clients who suffer from the often serious, health problems caused by psychiatric medication, who continue to face the symptoms resulting from the trauma that brought them to seek care initially. A case study series illustrating these problems will be presented.
Evidence from the literature will also be discussed showing that the paradigm of mental disorders requiring medication, often for life, is insupportable. Case examples will be used to illustrate some of the havoc this paradigm has caused. This will be contrasted with EMDR Therapy that identifies overwhelming traumatic events and their effects as the likely cause of many mental disorder and posits that the effects of these traumatic events are resolvable with therapy.
This presentation will also explore the following questions: even if some disorders, such as schizophrenia and classical bipolar disorder, do in fact result from disordered neurophysiology, what evidence is there that the “anti psychotic”, “mood stabilizing” medications generally used are any more than sedatives; what evidence exists to support the notion that life long medication is helpful; and how safe is this drug-based approach?
The robustness of the EMDR protocol and how it is utilized in difficult cases, especially those involving current psychoactive drugs, will be illustrated.
Robert Ferrie is a medical doctor since 1969, a full time psychotherapist since 1984 and took his EMDR training in 1996. He has noted problems with the use of psychiatric medication since the early 1990s and presented on this topic and others at EMDRIA and EMDRC conferences. He has continued to develop a large case study series on EMDR and psychiatric drug use. He does not see pharmaceutical representatives. He lives with his wife, a medical science writer, north of Toronto and is a keen skier, sailor, bicyclist, dog-walker, and aspiring pianist.