Lately I’ve been listening to audio books while I walk and today I wanted to listen to one of my favorite books, What Happy People Know by Dan Baker. Audible didn’t have it so I googled. It doesn’t exist but you know how that goes; one link led to another and a podcast on EMDR caught my eye.
The second thing that caught my eye was that the podcast is produced by a psychotherapist. I’m not particularly fond of psychotherapists these days. My former therapist was a psychotherapist in training. Psychotherapists don’t have to be licensed; I could legally practice psychotherapy in some places. Tricky bastards.
Not all psychotherapists are bad psychotherapists. I know this. But truth be told, I’m still fairly biased against psychotherapists. And priests. And monks.
I got EMDR when I was in treatment and I found it very helpful. It was a bummer when I found out there isn’t any definitive research that shows that EMDR is efficacious. However, I’m happy to report that learning that didn’t have a negative impact on my mental health. I remember reading once about a guy who was getting shots of something that he thought was curing his cancer. He made a full recovery until he learned he was in the control group at which point he died. I don’t know if it was the EMDR or that my therapist cared or that I believed. I’m talking about statistically valid, double-blind studies with measurable success. Come to think of it, there’s a dearth of those studies in recovery too.
So I got the chance to learn a little more about EMDR and practice some exposure therapy all at the same time. The interview was interesting and when I got back from my walk, I looked up the guy’s website. His book list is fantastic. I’ve read all but one of the books and they’ve all changed my thinking in one way or another.
If you’re curious, the books are:
What Happy People Know by Dan Baker
Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominquez and Vicki Robin
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Elaine Faber and Adele Mazlish (This book was inspired by Hiam Ginnott’s work, which is excellent.)
I haven’t read The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh but it’s on my wishlist.
This is a pretty boring post. Sorry about that. Usually when I write I try to keep it interesting, although I’m still mostly guessing about what’s interesting (to you) and what isn’t. After I’m finished writing, I go back and fill in the links. And wouldn’t you know, when I was trying to find a simple page about licensure of psychotherapists, Google found an old newsletter that lauds my former therapist.
I didn’t click, but shit. Over two years and that damn hook is still set in my brain.