Book Review: EMDR Casebook 2nd Edition

The featured book is ‘EMDR Casebook. 2nd Edition’ edited by Philip Manfield. I found this to be a really enjoyable read with a number of experienced therapists taking us through cases showing how this has benefited people as well as giving us insights into practice. There are 14 cases in all covering a number of common and less common clinical conditions. A number of aims are stated in the introduction including examples which will help to guide new practitioners. In this regards, I think the book succeeds admirably. The cases are interesting and throughout are supplemented with theory be this the technical aspects of the EMDR protocol or general information about postpartum depression as examples. As an example of these insights here is a great quote from one of the authors Elizabeth Snyker (p.96)

‘All emotions have survival value and give life direction. Guilt keeps us moral, love keeps us bonded, disgust keeps us from taking in what is toxic; fear alerts and preserves us from danger, shame from repeating mistakes’

What is also interesting is that the great majority of authors have backgrounds in other forms of therapy and give their opinions on the unique qualities of EMDR and how it fits in with these other forms of therapy. Variations in technique are very useful for the EMDR practitioner. For instance Gina Colelli tells us about her use of CD’s of relaxing music during therapy and her findings that this does not adversely influence the processing whilst at the same time being suited to people who are dealing with very difficult material resulting in high levels of distress. The latter chapters in the book look at the more complex work with people with disorders of personality and the use of intermediate cognitions was particularly useful moving away from the dichotomous values that were otherwise difficult to work with.

This is a great resource for EMDR practitioners and those who are interested in learning more about EMDR.


EMDR Casebook. Expanded Second Edition. Edited by Philip Manfield. W.W.Norton & Company. 2003.

Conflict of Interests

The author practices EMDR.


The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.


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