General Article MoD offers PTSD therapy

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed that it is to offer post traumatic stress disorder therapy to help service personnel, with Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy both available.

Dr Robin Logie, a Clinical Psychologist and President of the EMDR Association UK and Ireland, admitted he had misgivings about the treatment before he trained in it.

But Jane Steare, mother of murdered British woman Lucie Blackman, stated that EMDR has helped her come to terms with the loss of her daughter.

Speaking to BBC News, she explained that prior to the therapy, she had been unable to stop imagining how Lucie was killed.

‘I just kept thinking about it and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. If it hadn’t been for EMDR I think I would have gone totally, totally mad,’ she said.

Dr Peter Martin, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, said: ‘The use of EMDR by the MoD is to be welcomed. As a Counselling Psychologist, I have used this method in a...

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