166 EMDR Provides Researched Options – PTSD, DID – Lobenstine

EMDR, PTSD, trauma

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Unlike other forms of psychological disorders, the core issue in trauma is reality.
– Bessel A. van der Kolk – The Body Keeps Score

Unlocking The Past With EMDR

Farnsworth Lobenstine is a clinical social worker living in Amherst, MA. He’s an Approved Consultant for the EMDR International Association. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is one of 3 therapies approved internationally for the treatment of PTSD – to embrace events, to master them, from the dark halls of the past. Because it treats the body-mind, and not just the thinking-brain [the part that is the primary focus/objective for talk therapy], it has also proven to be very useful in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and many other psychological disorders.

EMDR has proven to be an effective treatment for complex trauma and dissociative identity disorder when appropriately modified. He trained in EMDR in 1999 and served on the National Faculty of the EMDR Institute since 2001. This interview is quite compelling and adds considerably to options for resolving past trauma. He’s experienced, intelligent and reasonably opinionated – an excellent mix! Don’t miss Farnsworth – love that name!

Personal Ed. Note: The use of EMDR treatments remain so frequently overlooked. Although I don’t provide EMDR myself as a therapist, I’ve worked with numerous well trained EMDR practitioners and certified EMDR trainers since 2003, and find it remarkably, indeed pervasively useful in everyday psychotherapy practice. This 166 CBJ Episode doesn’t entirely cover the fact that this technique works for adolescents as well – more on that specific age range coming later.

Also, at this time in 166 CBJ Episodes, Farnsworth is the first practitioner/trainer who specifically discusses this proven, useful EMDR process for our listeners.  And he won’t be the last.  We do have much more to learn about the EMDR How. Stay tuned; we’ve just scratched the surface on this interesting, utilitarian topic.


CBJ Experts on PTSD & EMDR

  • CBJ/vets Multiple Experts Consider Options
  • CBJ/099 Mathias – First Responders Trauma – with a PDF on EMDR
  • CBJ/100 Drury – Women, Trauma, and EMDR
  • CBJ/157 Searle – Interesting DID Reintegration Process and EMDR
  • CBJ/165 Searle/2 – More specific Discussion of DID and EMDR

Website & Books

Ed Note: From Farnsworth – “I have no part in the Lanius et al book. It is a highly sophisticated understanding of the neurobiology (first half) and treatment (second half) of traumatic dissociation. Hence your listeners may find it extremely helpful and of great interest.”


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Until next time, thanks Farnsworth for joining us here at CBJ to review the challenge we all face with the process of understanding the usefulness and research behind these new treatment options. New telescopes and tools now improve diagnostic, treatment and self-management options.

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Thanks, Farnsworth for your encouraging observations on the evolutionary challenges associated with EMDR for previously untreatable trauma and dissociation.


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  1. phyl on 11/07/2017 at 11:36 PM

    I have been having so much difficulty trying to listen to Farnsworth Lobenstine. It has been cutting in & out stopping & I’m not technically brite but my adhd brain has been trying to do what is written…hasn’t worked. I even downloaded the itune which you suggest & said was free it didn’t help, says I need a new app & I was scrolling thru iTunes in very small printing there is a clause that after the ‘free trial’ it will automatically continue. No idea if there is a charge no idea what to do… I read their legal disclaimer wow—didn’t make me feel to comfortable, I tried calling apple but they say it needs resolving online in support so again I’m reading trying to follow & uninstall iTunes it was no help at all. I have deleted everything related to the iTunes download & I don’t know where, what to do now. It hasn’t been a pleasant experience at all today, it’s been horrendous. I have really enjoyed reading your corebrain journal & haven’t had any problems before & I haven’t needed to download iTunes. I just felt I needed to let you know how stressing this was today. I don’t have neighbours to ask for help, it’s winter so I’m not driving on the icey roads, I wear hearing aids so it is difficult to phone & try to explain & hear what they can tell me. The day just kept spiralling downward my adhd brain always tells me it’s my fault & yes ‘alot’ of times it is but I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong this time. If you have any suggestions I would be honored to know them.

    • Dr Charles Parker on 11/08/2017 at 6:42 AM

      I would have to look at your computer with you to actually work out these details, but suggest the following solution: just go to http://corebrainjournal.com/166 the actual page, hit the arrow button there in white on the green play bar and you should be fine. Hope this works – almost guaranteed!

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