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Using compassionate mind training as a resource in EMDR:
a case study.

Beaumont, Elaine; Hollins Martin, Caroline J


Elaine Beaumont


This case study examines the contribution of compassionate mind training (CMT) when used as a
resource in the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment of a 58-year-old man,
who presented after a recent trauma with psychological distress and somatic symptoms—an inability to sign his name. Self-report questionnaires (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale [HADS], Impact of Events Scale-R [IES-R], and Self-Compassion Scale [SCS]) were administered at pretherapy, midtherapy, posttherapy, and 9-month follow-up. EMDR with CMT facilitated recall of forgotten memories about his sister’s traumatic death decades previously, with related emotions of shame and grief, creating insight into how these past events linked to his current signature-signing phobia. Eight sessions of therapy resulted in an elimination of the client’s signature-signing phobia and a reduction in trauma-related
symptoms, elevation in mood, and increase in self-compassion. Effects were maintained at 9-month
follow-up. The “Discussion” section highlights the value of working collaboratively with clients to best
meet their individual needs.


Beaumont, E., & Hollins Martin, C. J. (2013). a case study. Journal of EMDR practice and research, 7, 186-198.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2013
Deposit Date Aug 5, 2015
Publicly Available Date Aug 5, 2015
Print ISSN 1933-3196
Electronic ISSN 1933-320X
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Pages 186-198
Keywords EMDR; grief; compassionate mind training (CMT); shame; somatization; medically unexplained symptoms;
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