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The transpersonal nature of pre/perinatal life enhances healing of trauma from this early time with the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR has been acclaimed as being an extremely effective therapeutic method for healing trauma (Shapiro, 1997, 2001, 2002). EMDR has also been recognized as having transpersonal potentials associated with its use (Shapiro, 2002; Parnell, 1996, 1997). This article presents three adult cases in which EMDR has assisted healing of pre/perinatal trauma. The transpersonal dimension of healing in these cases is a significant focus of this article.

KEY WORDS: Transpersonal, prenatal trauma, EMDR, healing trauma, pre-existence, transpersonal nature of memory.


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Catherine Anne MacLean, Ph.D., P.C.

Anne MacLean, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, an EMDRIA certified therapist, and an EMDRIA approved consultant. Contact information: Catherine Anne MacLean, Ph.D., P.C., 1807 West Dickerson, Bldg. 3, Unit B, Bozeman, Montana, 59715 or P.O. Box 6576, Bozeman, Montana, 59771; Telephone 406/585-9890; email: maclean@in-tch.com

Author's Note: Material for this paper was originally prepared and partially presented orally, with transparencies, at the Third World Congress for Psychotherapy in Vienna, Austria in July, 2002, under the title of Psycho-Spiritual Dimensions of Healing Prenatal and Perinatal Trauma with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in Adults (MacLean, 2002). Some of the content has also been published in the Spring, 2003 edition of JOPPPAH in the article, Transpersonal Dimensions in Healing Trauma of the Unborn. This article is an expansion and update of the presentation given in Vienna, 2002.