The help you have given me over the past couple of months has been immeasurable and the results so far have been profoundly moving. For the first time in eleven years I have felt a morsel of hope and have had the absolute joy of some memories breaking through.

You do an incredible job, Michelle. You must never underestimate what you are able to do for people”

Sally Dowler

“I have been working with Michelle for a number of years and have been privileged to see the wonderful work she has done using EMDR with many of my patients with severe trauma. I rate her very highly.”

Dr Eileen Feeney

“Dear Michelle,

As President of EMDR UK and Ireland I want to thank you on behalf of the Board for all the work you did with Sally Dowler to enable her to give such a moving, pertinent and humbling presentation at the EMDR Edinburgh 2014 conference in Edinburgh.

As you probably know by now her presentation was incredibly well received and evaluated by attendees at the conference, but what was also very clear from Sally was that the professionalism, compassion and expertise you enabled Sally to process her dreadful experiences and communicate her personal journey in a moving manner. This had a great impact on everyone listening to her.

I do not know if you are fully aware of what you have achieved in your collaborative work with Sally, likewise you may not appreciate how your work impacted those at the conference and offers other therapists an insight into the power and efficacy of EMDR.

The Board acknowledges and commends you for this.

I look forward to meeting you again at a later date.

Yours Sincerely”

Maeve Crowley, President EMDR UK and Ireland

“I am a solicitor engaged in personal injury claim work. I was looking for local practitioners who could treat one of my clients who was suffering with quite severe symptoms resulting from a road traffic accident.

I looked at several therapy providers. Very fortunately I recommended to my client that she seek the help of Mrs Calvert. My client tells me today that she has been hugely helped by the course of therapy given”

Andrew Cohen, W. Davies Solicitors

I came to see Michelle in the spring of 2014 after quite a traumatic experience. I could not stop re-living and thinking it was all going to go wrong and come back.

Initially I honestly didn’t think EMDR would help me as I had to go way back into my past and re-live things I didn’t want to and couldn’t understand how this would help.

Once things began to surface and I had to face things it all began to take shape and make sense. The constant watching of the lights take you back like in a film and it all plays out. The questions Michelle asks and coloured lights flashing in a sequence really help clarify things.

I had ten sessions with Michelle and from the crying mess I was in the start of my programme to the person I was when I finished was a total change I wont lie and say it was an easy transition it was strange and at times hard but I honestly think it helped me enormously having EMDR. it doesn’t make sense how flashing lights help the brain but little by little you mend, and YOU come back to YOU.

I am glad I had the chance to experience this and truly believe it helped me. Please give it a try I am sure it will help you too.

Michelle and EMDR are amazing.

Pam Holian

Extended Testimonial

“Michelle Calvert saved my life.  She enabled me to save my life.  A beacon of professionalism, hope, and safety, she helped me to see myself as I truly am, as my trauma truly was, and to begin to heal from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD).  Words fail me as I attempt to convey how this talented therapist guided me back to life, so perhaps sharing a brief glimpse at my therapeutic journey can be of assistance.  I will summarise it into three distinct phases:  reluctance, bud, and bloom.

Phase 1:  Reluctance [denial?]

My psychiatrist, the brilliant Dr. Eileen Feeney, had stated that she believed I was suffering from PTSD and asked me to contact her colleague, Ms. Michelle Calvert.  Dr. Feeney said that Ms. Calvert was very good and used EMDR therapy to help traumatised people.

I was shocked at her suggestion.  All of the previous psychiatrists I had seen over the past 19 years (in the US and the UK) had diagnosed me with Bipolar Affective Disorder, Type II.  I was not traumatised!  I’d certainly dealt with the trauma of my mother’s murder (at my father’s hands).  That terrible tragedy occurred a very long time ago, when I was 14:  26 years, 8 months, and 6 days ago, to be precise.  Yes, I loathed myself and believed I was a bad person, an interloper, a fraud—but, hey, who didn’t?

I began looking for reasons not to seek EMDR therapy.  As a social scientist (PhD student in applied linguistics), I commenced a bit of light research in order to critically evaluate this so-called ‘EMDR’.  Google search queries resulted in my noticing phrases such as “No one knows exactly how EMDR works…”  That is the same language used in the patient’s leaflet to Depakote, the dangerous, atypical antipsychotic which has been prescribed to me numerous times!

That’s it, I thought.  I am not some daisy garland wearing ‘flower child’.  This is not for me.

However, my initial (trauma-based?) suspicions of EMDR were quickly proven to be fallacious.  Michelle not only chased down this reluctant patient via telephone to book an initial appointment, but after I began seeing her, I saw that this mysterious treatment was not what I had expected.  It was not solely the actual EMDR processing but also plenty of psychotherapy, as well.  Michelle proceeded at the therapeutic depth and speed that both she and I felt I could handle.  This treatment was not what I had previously feared at all, that I would again be tossed into a box labelled:  GENERIC MENTAL PATIENT.

The EMDR therapy provided by Michelle was a well-rounded, caring experience.  Michelle was careful, kind, trusting, non-judgmental, patient, and understanding.  These were the things I was unable to give to myself, and it was not until my experience with Michelle that I realised how much I needed them.  Perhaps they were the glue that could piece together some of the shattered fragments of my memory, mind, emotions, body, and soul.

Phase 2:  Bud

During one particular therapy session, I said I hoped I was a waterlily and not a noxious weed.  I hoped my soul was like a waterlily, ascending from the muck and mire and utter blackness, where there is no sun or warmth, no beauty or love, no oxygen to breathe.  The waterlily rises up from imminent suffocation and death, fighting its way out and up while everything is trying to prevent its growth:  fish and insects biting and devouring its flesh; disease from the stagnant water and rotting corpses of the swamp.

The waterlily eventually emerges from the murky depths, facing fresh air and sunlight for the first time.  In daylight’s brilliance, all the slime and damage covering the bud is ominous, a hideously pitiful deformity of what appears to be a flower.  However… finally… it blooms.  As the waterlily opens, the ugliness of its struggle for life is turned downward, dipping back into the water from whence it came—the past.  All that is visible now is the purest, most vibrantly white flower imaginable, sharing with the world a beautifully sweet perfume of hope and peace.  And guess what– there isn’t a speck of filth to be seen.  It is pristine.  Its true nature has remained pure and has not been mangled or destroyed by the filth.  I hoped my soul would turn out to be pristine, too.

Phase 3:  Bloom

I was recently sitting in my garden, contemplating the journey Michelle has enabled me to take towards being whole.  While looking up at the clear blue sky, admiring the fluffy white clouds, a magpie flew overhead.  As if seeing this curiously intelligent bird in flight for the first time, I noticed how the shimmering black feathers of her body transformed into luminescent white tips, a symbol of hope, of purity emerging, emanating unexpectedly from a solid mass of darkness.  Nothing but blue skies ahead, I thought.

It was then that I realized:  I am healing; I am the waterlily!  I am finally blooming.

Thank you, Michelle.”

Melissa Harvison, PhD Student

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