This very readable book points out that historically psychological therapies have largely focused only on the negative symptoms present following psychological trauma. It suggests a radical move to a more complete vantage point, which encompasses not only these negative aspects, but inspirationally, also includes the positive psychological possibilities. The author's own clinical experiences of the positive outcomes observed following delivering EMDR therapy have moved him to research this phenomenon and suggest a rethink in how therapy is framed. After all, it is the positives that we take forward and remember following therapy, when our traumas are processed and long since forgotten.
This book is essential reading, as it can inspire clinicians to work in a radically different frame towards the psychological benefit of their clients, plus it offers clients the important hopes that not only can they work towards decreasing their negative symptoms, but also they can hope for positive self growth and personal development following psychological trauma treatment!
The strengths of this book are that it is a well written, gripping, yet easy read, based in theory, offering an innovative therapeutic frame, whilst urging further research studies to be completed. It has its limitations in the qualitative nature and size of study, which cannot denote cause and effect, but it forms a good basis to encourage much needed further research.
The content is extremely useful to practitioners, in alerting them to an alternative way of viewing therapeutic processes and directing them towards EMDR as a positive example of how to practically work with clients towards this self development following trauma treatment.
The book is aimed at and appropriate for both clinicians and clients alike. I believe that any therapist who has successfully worked with clients using EMDR, or any client who has successfully completed EMDR treatment, will totally understand and relate to this book, having observed first hand the positive growth alluded to! It will be inspirational to clinicians in search of meaningful therapeutic practice and offer hope to those clients who have become stuck in their negative symptoms of trauma.