Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy

Francine Shapiro, PhD

Rodale Books,  February 2012

A totally accessible user's guide from the creator of a scientifically proven form of psychotherapy used by millions worldwide.

Whether we've experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by our memories, and by experiences we may not remember or don't fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical techniques that demystify the human condition and empower readers looking to take charge of their lives.

Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains the brain science in layman's terms and provides simple exercises that readers can do at home to understand their automatic responses and achieve real change.

Hardcover | ISBN: 9781594864254 | Publication Date: February 2012


"Francine Shapiro's discovery of EMDR is one of the most important breakthroughs in the history of psychotherapy."
-- Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain That Changes Itself

"Real people, real-life stories, and real emotional healing of past hurts and traumas! In this book, Dr. Shapiro offers a collection of self-help techniques facilitating emotional healing based on EMDR therapy, used by thousands of clinicians and proven successful. Her true stories depict how stressful, painful, or traumatic experiences influence our lives and block our potential -- and how they can be changed and even resolved. An eye-opener to the layperson!"
-- Ruth Colvin, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and co-founder of Proliteracy

"Francine Shapiro has given a life-transforming gift to the world by her rigorous development of a science-validated approach to soothing the suffering of our small and large life traumas. Through case examples and clearly articulated instructions within Getting Past Your Past our skillful guide takes us through the powerful and practical steps, derived from the treatment of literally millions of people, that can transform trauma into triumph. Explore this book with someone you love . . . beginning with yourself!"
-- Daniel J. siegel, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and author of The Developing Mind and Mindsight

"Dr. Shapiro is a pioneer in the field of helping people overcome trauma and negative past experiences. Getting Past Your Past is a powerful book that will help people understand their own behavior and more importantly give them a set of tools to immediately help them be happier and more effective. I highly recommend it."
-- Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

"I always came out of my EMDR therapist's office reeling (in a good way); and the things I learned have stayed with me and enriched my conscious mind. It's a powerful process. I recommend it."
-- From The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon

"Dr. Francine Shapiro presents a panoply of practical and powerful methods for processing unresolved memories and thus overcoming the anxieties that hold us back. A treasure trove of research-supported and EMDR- inspired techniques for achieving self-change and moving forward in life. Read it, try it, and reap the rewards!"
-- John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, distinguished university fellow of the University of Scranton and editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session

"On the clinical side of my life, no other thinker has impressed me as much as Francine Shapiro."
-- from The Instinct to Heal by David Servan-Schreiber, MD