EMDR Therapy with Military Veterans

Dean Whybrow, Neil Kitchiner, Victoria Williams, Julie Graham, E. C. Hurley, Matthew D. Kiernan

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Military veterans are a unique clinical population who share a common experience of once serving in the armed forces. There is growing recognition of the need to account for this group within mental health service provision. This chapter aims to provide the reader with additional resources to inform clinical practice when working with veterans. The term veteran has changed with time; at its most inclusive, it means a person who has served a minimum of one day in the armed forces. Veterans will have internalized military norms and values, and may experience culture shock when reintegrating into civilian communities. This chapter describes treatment considerations; for example, combat trauma is remembered by the chaos and distress that accompanies it. Formulating a therapeutic plan to treat combat- or military-related trauma is a crucial step to mitigate this sense of chaos and confusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of EMDR
EditorsMatthew D. Kiernan, Sarah Schubert, Derek Farrell
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191924736
ISBN (Print)9780192898357
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2023

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