Custom Search

Friday, May 1, 2015

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) / Somatic Therapy (based on Somatic Experiencing)

Two Psychological Therapies for Disaster Recovery used in India with publications and training information:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing):
Used to help 16,000 children and adults after Bhuj earthquake in 2001, and also after tsunami in 2004 in the east coast of India. {More work is being done in Kashmir after the floods in 2014} The method is recommended by W.H.O. for working with adults and children with trauma { emdrindia @ }

Some publications & presentations in conferences:

1. Purandare and associates “Psychological Impact of Trauma and Eye Movement Desensitization and ReprocessingTherapy as Effective Intervention for Trauma Victims.”
2. Mehrotra, Raja and Sawant titled “Analysis of drawings of children impacted by earthquake: the reproduction of visual imagery during EMDR therapy
3.Tank, Shukla, Ramamurthy and Mehrotra, “Impact of traumatic experience on the mental health of adolescents of Bhuj and Bhachao.”
4. Mehrotra, S., Purandare, M., Tank, P., & Bhagwagar, H. (2013). Establishing EMDR connections with earthquake survivors of Gujarat, Western India (2001). In M. Luber (Ed.), Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-Made and Natural Disasters: Models, Scripted Protocols, and Summary Sheets (pp. 107-120). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.
Somatic Therapy (based on Somatic Experiencing):
Used during the tsunami in the East Coast of India in 2004. Below is a link to an article. [This was later used after the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008]

Somatic therapy treatment effects with tsunami survivors. Parker, Catherine; Doctor, Ronald M.; Selvam, Raja Traumatology, Vol 14(3), Sep 2008, 103-109.
Training in India: 

Somatic Psychotherapy: Raja Selvam (of Trauma Vidya non-profit org) has been offering trainings through Prafulta Psychological Services, Mumbai.

EMDR Psychotherapy: internationally certified trainings being offered at various locations in India from 1999.

{ emdrindia @ }

Counseling Psychologist

adithy @

No comments: