3 Women Abducted in Cleveland: Psychiatrist Josh Weiner Recommends EMDR

Karen Forte, DCSW, LCSW is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Therapist in Bend, Oregon.  She shared this note with members of the EMDR International Association and gave me permission to pass it on to you in this blog post.  She wrote:

Psychiatrist Josh Weiner was interviewed on MSNBC “Hardball” about the three women and six year old girl who were rescued in Cleveland. He recommended EMDR as the trauma therapy to use in treating their PTSD.

Dr. Weiner was interviewed by Chris Matthews.  If you would like to check out Dr. Weiner’s view on what will help traumatized individuals such as these women and their families to heal, please check out this video link:


There are highly qualified EMDR therapists in Cleveland who are available for this service, if the young women, or their families, so choose.  These therapists can be accessed by going to:

1.  www.emdria.org link

2.  go to FIND A THERAPIST, and

3.  do a zip code search for Approved Consultants or Certified EMDR therapists.  Call and ask if they have experience in helping young people, families, and children.  He suggested that they may benefit from group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy.  I believe the family members may need individual therapy as well.

Dr. Weiner is not aware of the EMDR Early Trauma Protocol.  This could be very helpful for the child’s therapy.  It is a gentle and thorough approach to early experiences that are recorded in the body, but not easily accessible to the visual memory.

I personally would recommend seeking a Certified EMDR Therapist with this specialty, who treats children.

If you know someone needing help for overcoming a traumatic experience, whether it was this horrific or not, you could follow the same steps.  Or, you could go to an EMDR website that educates a lot about EMDR through the Home Page slide show and the ARTICLES section.  It is

www.ComprehensiveTherapyApproach.com link

and has directories of Certified EMDR therapists in many cities and a few states.  Unfortunately, we don’t yet serve Ohio, but hope to in the future.



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