Book Review: EMDR Therapy & Somatic Psychology

Many therapists and trainees will be familiar with the terms “somatic psychology” and “EMDR therapy,” and there have been many authors who have tried to write a book that encapsulates both of these topics succinctly, but in my opinion, none have succeeded in quite the same way as Arielle Schwartz and Barb Maiberger with their new book, EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment. EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology is a wonderful resource for both therapists-in-training and practicing therapists. The first part of the book is devoted to providing foundational knowledge about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and somatic psychology. For therapists-in-training, this first part will provide the introduction and knowledge base they may need to determine if these practices resonate for them. Schwartz and Maiberger cover both EMDR and somatic psychology in depth, then provide a clear understanding of how they are interconnected. The authors explain, “EMDR therapy and somatic psychology are both grounded in a biopsychosocial model of care which understands that a client’s symptoms arise from the interaction of biochemical, psychological, social and cultural factors.” For those currently in practice, this text provides an in-depth look at theories which therapists may be marginally familiar with but are not currently utilizing in their practice. Perhaps for other the...
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