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Pain Control with EMDR: Treatment Manual , 5th ed.
Mark Grant

Paperback, 2015
246 Pages


The 5th revised edition of this research-based manual describes how to use EMDR in the treatment of chronic pain. Includes a review of role of trauma and attachment problems in pain, neurological aspects of pain, Theoretical model of pain based on Accelerated Information Processing Model, step by step EMDR pain protocol, including detailed notes and tips for each stage, key differences between trauma protocol and pain protocol, advice about common blockages and how to deal with them, how to enhance client responsiveness to bilateral stimulation, how to develop strong affect-based resources for coping with on-going pain, adjunctive strategies and resources, assessment tools, information about dissociation and pain, numerous case-examples, and over 30 pages of photocopyable treatment aids and resources. After PTSD, pain is the most researched application of EMDR.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 1

  • PART ONE. Understanding Pain
    • Psychological Theories and Treatments of Pain 5
    • Trauma, Stress and Pain 11
    • A Biopsychosocial Model of Pain 19
    • Principles of Treatment 23
  • PART TWO. Pain Control with EMDR
    • EMDR Treatment of Pain 31
    • History/Assessment 39
    • Planning and Preparation 45
    • EMDR Chronic Pain Protocol 50
    • Maintenance and Reintegration 61
    • Working with Dissociation and Repression 65
    • Case Examples of EMDR Treatment of Pain 72
    • Affect Management Skills for Chronic Pain 81
  • Appendices 84
  • References 106


Finished reading Mark Grant’s revision of the EMDR Pain Control manual. He has done an excellent job of briefly reviewing the various theoretical models underlying the presence of chronic pain, not only from a neurophysiological perspective, but also the important psychological issues as well. The actual pain protocol is an excellent step-by-step “road map” of assisting the clinician in dealing with a chronic pain population. However, he also provides case illustrations and examples of more difficult and complex pain cases that were effectively assisted with EMDR. Most importantly, given the latest research on the role of memory in the production and maintenance of chronic pain, he provides excellent guidelines and instructions on dealing with premorbid traumas that are memory-linked to the presenting chronic pain patient. Anyone working with chronic pain patients and EMDR should be guided by Mark Grant’s work.

About the Author

After receiving his MA in Psychology from the University of Sydney in 1989 Mark worked for the NSW Department of Corrective Services for several years, followed by a generalist role in a community health centre. About 5 years ago, he went into private practice where he specializes in treating anxiety, trauma and chronic pain. He works with a synthesis of learnings based on EMDR, Erickson hypnosis, narrative therapy, client-centered therapy and body-centered therapy.

Mark has been working with chronic pain sufferers for approximately 10 years. He has presented at conferences, workshops and trainings in Australia and the Americas. He is the author of two self-help tapes that incorperates bilateral stimulation with guided hypnotic suggestions, "Calm and Confident, based on EMDR" and "Pain Control, based on EMDR". Mark has been actively involved in the development of EMDR in Australia, currently he is the chairman of the EMDR Association of Australia. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

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