Learn about the impact of EMDR through a client's eyes with the guidance of an experienced clinician.
In this conversation, Drs. Ann Kelley and Deborah Korn are joined by Michael Baldwin, an EMDR client who has experienced the transformative impact of the therapy. After years of traditional talk therapy, Baldwin was still carrying unresolved traumas in his body, which he was able to address through EMDR with Dr. Jeffrey Magnavita. Baldwin was so passionate about the technique that he created visual “billboards” to share it with others, and he later co-authored “Every Memory Deserves Respect” with EMDR specialist Dr. Korn to help others understand and heal their traumas.
During the discussion, the co-hosts and Baldwin address common fears about the EMDR process. Baldwin shares personal and meaningful ways that EMDR has improved his quality of life, relationships, and confidence, providing insight and reassurance to those considering the therapy. The conversation highlights the safety and gentle approach of EMDR and its ability to process trauma in a manageable and less overwhelming way compared to traditional talk therapy.
“Every person is a collection of experiences and memories that get knit together into a life story. There are many parts to every person and many parts to every memory – the belief, the words, the different sensory aspects – in EMDR, we are bringing them together to integrate them and move forward.”
Time Stamps for EMDR
3:04 – Michael Baldwin's inspiration for the book
9:38 – Michael's personal journey to self-awareness
14:12 – Recognizing a need for EMDR
17:42 – Importance of dual intention in EMDR
22:35 – Common fears of EMDR
26:28 – The two types of “re-doing”
41:10 – Meaning behind the title “Every Memory Deserves Respect”
46:09 – Signs of trauma that aren't always obvious
59:34 – Correlation between PTSD and difficulties focusing
1:01:57 – Bullying and reconciliation
1:08:18 – Effects of institutionalized racism and homophobia on mental health
Resources for this episode
Every Memory Deserves Respect – Website with lot's of resources for individuals interested in EMDR
EMDR Institute – Website for both clinicians and those looking for an EMDR therapist, lot's of resources and training
Dr. Jeffrey Magnavita – Contact information
The Body Keeps The Score – Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD
Strength in Stillness – Bob Roth
Meet the Authors – Michael Baldwin & Dr. Deborah Korn
Michael Baldwin is an accomplished leader in the communications industry, with more than 40 years of experience. He is smart, capable, and creative and also a trauma survivor actively engaged in a process of recovery. He experienced multiple forms of trauma during his childhood—physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect. Michael’s life experiences, his willingness to share them with anyone who might also be struggling and seeking relief, and his successful efforts to reclaim his life through EMDR therapy prepared him to write this book. He is the founder of MICHAEL BALDWIN INC, which offers branding and communications coaching, studied acting at the William Esper Studio, and has a BS from Beloit College.
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EMDR Client Perspective Transcript
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