Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Comments by David Busch

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  • Hello Iva,
    I very much enjoyed reading your article. I share the same perspective. Mental Health delivery needs to change in a Humanistic direction.
    I believe the brain has a natural mechanism for dealing with stress and trauma. Francine Shapiro documented her revelation about the healing effect of REM Brain activity in 1989 in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. This was one of the greatest moments in the history of psychology. She developed EMDR therapy, and then grew it into a Worldwide organization worth multi-millions. Therapists are trained in it at the cost of thousands of dollars. They then charge their clients one to three hundred dollars per session. Meanwhile those without the financial resources (the majority) are unable to get this treatment that for many are completely life changing. Untreated trauma is likely a percentage of most human tragedies, most murders, assaults, domestic violence, child abuse, suicides, addictions, road rage, many medical conditions have roots in untreated trauma. The brain’s attempt to deal with these traumas is REM sleep. But, just as the body needs outside help to aid the immune system when it has an infection, so we will take an antibiotic, the brain needs additional stimulus and longer sessions of REM brain activity to diminish the effects of stress and trauma. There are many programs that deliver REM audio stimulation of the brain to help people heal. This is just the beginning of the awareness that many people can heal themselves without spending thousands of dollars. Take care, David B., LCSW (retired trauma therapist at: Se-REM.com
    Self effective – Rapid Eye Movement)

  • Hello Marcie, Thank you for sharing your compelling story. I have seen some of the best and worst of psychiatry. As a co-therapist in a therapy group I witnessed a psychiatrist challenge a participant to follow through on his threat to commit suicide. I was young and a new hire and powerless to confront the Director of the Dept. I was appalled, and then tormented when the young man followed through. I have also been a witness to kindness and competence.
    When I moved from Iowa to AZ. I was shocked that most mental health hospital treatment was mostly just “milieu”, a kind of resting place. But, it is such a lost opportunity to do serious work. So much has changed in the field over time. One change is the loss of importance in understanding Family Dynamics. Of course this is what makes most people “crazy”. That lack of understanding has lead to over-medicalizing mental health.
    Would you accept a small gift? Your writing is surely an advocacy for improving the mental health of others. I hope to do the same. My not-for-profit project allows people to do their own therapy. It often shocks people with the amount of help it provides. If you google my name, or the program, Se-REM, you can read all about it. I give away the link to download it as often as I am asked.
    Take care, David Busch, LCSW (retired trauma therapist).

  • Hello Dr. McLaren, I enjoyed reading your article and agree with all of it. I am a retired psychotherapist and still have hope of changing the mental health delivery system to rely less on drugs. Francine Shapiro discovered the beneficial effect of Bi-lateral stimulation of the brain, but she did not achieve the potential of this discovery. Conscious Rapid Eye Movement has a life restoring ability to dissolve the emotional effects of past traumas. She created an institution that graduates therapists who charge $100 to $250 per session. Yet REM is a natural state in the brain. One researcher called it a dishwasher for the brain. This needs to be available to millions of people at no or low cost.
    When I developed a Self-Help version of EMDR, I decided to focus on earlier childhood trauma. But the program has been used for CPTSD, panic attacks, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, grief, generalized anxiety, medical trauma and even Police, Military and Crime Victim abuse. It is my hope that my not-for-profit program can serve as a template and someday programs will be developed to address every one of these traumas more specifically. Meanwhile, word is slowly spreading that for many people this program is a life saver. Please take a look at the website, where it is downloadable at: Se-REM.com. You have a much bigger platform to initiate change in this system. Please write to me and allow me to give you a copy. I welcome your participation.
    Take care, David B., LCSW (retired trauma therapist).

  • Hello Dr. Sorensen, I enjoyed reading your extremely well written article. I agreed with every element of it. As a training psychotherapist many years ago I wandered into a training film for Doctors created by the Pharmaceutical Industry. The point of the film was to warn Doctors about misunderstanding the cause of the depression in the female example in the film. Even though the woman in the film presented with a history of the death of her Mother, a divorce and an ongoing physical illness, the film asserted the REAL cause of her depressive symptoms was a chemical imbalance. I left the film with an open jawed shock at the misinformation, and an understanding of why so many doctors are ill equipped to see their depressed patients accurately.
    I completely agree with your writing about how and why people deny their own emotions and how and why this creates “symptoms”. I actually created a self-help EMDR program that is in many ways ahead of its time. This is a not for profit project and my vision is that future clinicians will take up this template and create self-help recordings that are specific to various traumas. My program focuses on childhood issues but it has been used by the military, domestic abuse, medical trauma, and grief. It is incredibly effective in all those instances. I see that your primary focus is in drug abuse rehabilitation. Please consider giving this program a trial. Most drug abuse occurs in reaction to trauma, and this program has saved several lives. Would you accept one as a gift and to do your own little research? You can write to me at:[email protected] The program is downloadable to a phone or computer at: Se-REM.com.

  • Dear Mr. Whitaker, You wrote an impressively researched article. Thank you also for publishing my article in MIA in July, 2020 titled, “A Self Help Version of EMDR May Make Healing From Trauma Easier”. When I first developed Se-REM and experienced client’s unprecedented reactions, I knew that this program could change Mental Health Delivery Worldwide. Your article makes a strong case that traditional drug therapies are counterproductive. Se-REM is a totally natural therapy using the brain’s own mechanism to heal. Yet, No One in an establishment position has given it a chance, even experimentally. One client wrote to say it is a “genius creation”, another therapist wrote to say it is “astonishlngly therapuetic”, another wrote to say I should be given an award. Others merely report that it changed their lives. It takes a lot of time and effort to write your extensively researched article that is a justfiable criticism of the system. But, consider being an advocate for something that could change all of mental health. It is the anti-medication model that you might help replace our current system. The following is a telling of a recent experience with the program. Hello David! I’ve been thinking SO much these past weeks in writing back to you and sending my testimonial, so I’m super glad that you’ve reached out to me 🙂

    I’m from Argentina, South America, so I speak Spanish but hope my feedback is clear enough (and anyway I believe my English is very good hehe).

    So, David, how can I really say THANK YOU from the depths of my heart for what you’ve done. My life is improving in so many ways. Take a cup of coffee or your preferred beverage because I’m going to tell the full story (when we clear trauma, our inner voice starts to speak more and more unapologetically and from love):

    I found Se-REM as a result of my internet research on trauma and bilateral stimulation, because I’ve been working with a therapist and see some really good results, and this year I’ve been learning so much on trauma and what actually works, and let me tell you (I know you know), your stuff WORKS.

    My situation was (and I’m still working on it): anxiety, had anxiety attacks (or panic) and ptsd. My nervous system tends to dysregulate and I feel extremely sensitive and even psychic or “empath” to the extreme in those moments.

    I listened to the full audio one time for the first 4 days, and yes, how important it is to have a GOOD CRY, just me and my inner child being ourselves. I highlight this because it is very good to be able to cry with no one else more than my own awareness and love witnessing.

    One of the main things that I’ve been able to develop with your audio is a high awareness of the Conscious and Subconscious minds working together. In the second part (when you instruct us to be there as adults for our inner childs), I feel like the brain starts to integrate so quickly, that I feel my inner child and ME (the conscious mind) melting into ONE. This is one of the greatest gifts and lessons that your work enables to actually DO (that phrase we all know “LOVE YOURSELF” is actually and technically this (again I know you know): the conscious holding all the emotion of the subconscious and letting it unfold the magic behind it, the truth of who we are).

    There’s one thing I would like to appreciate too: the specific music you’ve chosen for each part of the process. As a music lover, even though I appreciate classical music but I don’t use to listen to it, your selection is just outstanding, I felt like it speaks about your own loving soul, who you are, and what you know you are meant to do on Earth, this is my particular feeling.

    Each time I did a session, I was able to release a lot of stress and integrate my psyche more and more. I did it recalling memories and also just focusing on how I was feeling or a certain recurring thought, in all of the cases it worked wonders. I also added a bit of the tools I have in my personal kit to keep reprocessing (EFT and other forms of bilateral stimulation called “One Eye at a Time”).

    I believe deeply David, that your work has to be spread around the world, not only in English but in as many languages as possible. What you’ve done is amazing. I’m already talking about your page when I speak to other people on Facebook groups, I feel like I want to scream to the world “People! This is what you are craving for!!!”.

    This work is so needed, so required, there’s so much healing to the nervous system of the collective that needs to be done, that your tool / work could help so much, because this is the foundation where all true wellbeing and creation can be done.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you David!

    Any other questions, I’m here to collaborate!!!


    From Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Hello Donna, I am a retired trauma therapist who dealt multiple times with parents who had grief over losing a child. These were the most heart wrenching sessions. It is hard to realize the depth of grief when just using your imagination. When it really happens, the pain for most people is hard to describe. Yet at the same time, it has something in common with the experience of all people who have Trauma. There is a great deal of difference in the ability of people’s brains to process trauma. Some process and let go of trauma more easily than others. I have come to believe that the brain needs help to process grief or trauma. What helps the most is processing grief while the brain is receiving Bi-lateral stimulation. This is so easy and natural, and it has shockingly effective results. I have advanced EMDR training and put it into a self-help program in a not for profit download. Please write to me so I can arrange to give it to you for free. You are also welcome to give it away for free to as many others as you think would benefit. Read about it at: Se-REM.com. Please write to me at: [email protected]. Take care, David Busch, LCSW (retired trauma therapist).

  • Thank you Katarina for sharing your experience. That is an incredibly powerful story. I made the transition from my work in 2 Mental Health Hospitals from thinking that Diagnosis was essential, to years of private practice to thinking it was irrelevant. I am sorry that the system added to your abuse. As a counselor now, working with traumatized clients, would you like some collaboration? I can offer you a program that would assist you in your work. You can download the EMDR self-help program at: Se-REM.com. Once you own it, you can give it away for Free to all your clients. Write to me with any interest or questions at: [email protected].

  • Hello Ashley,
    Congratulations on your entering the field and the well researched article in MadinAmerica. I wonder if you would like to explore doing research on my EMDR self-help program named Se-REM (Self effective – Rapid Eye Movement). Se-REM is an advanced version of EMDR therapy. It is more powerful because it combines elements of 6 different therapies, EMDR, hypnosis, mindfulness, Gestalt child within work, music therapy, and Awe therapy,(connecting profoundly with nature).
    It has helped thousands of people overcome PTSD, and anxiety. But it is also helpful in a great many situations, loss of any kind, grief, and even marital counseling. It’s mission statement is “Trauma relief at as close to free as possible”. It downloads to a smart phone or computer and can be used in an office or at home. Read about it, hear samples, and download at: Se-REM.com. I would be happy to be of service to you.
    Take care all, David B. LCSW

  • “Hi Jennifer, Such a compelling article and history. I am a retired therapist and can relate to having experiences with insensitive psychiatrists. I appreciate your achievement of coming to fully accept yourself, and especially your emotional self. I have also been a contributor to Mad In America in the July 2, 2021 edition. It was titled, “A Self Help Version of EMDR May Make Healing From Trauma Easier”. I loved your writing. Would you consider a brief exchange of emails? You can write to me at: [email protected]. Take care, David B.”

  • Hi Novembre, Thank you for the nice comment. I hope the others who have commented also have a chance to see this. I am a brand new reader of madinamerica and did not know there were comments, otherwise I would have participated. Anyway, there have always been some push back by some people, many knowledgeable people who have various objections to Se-REM. I think this happens any time boundaries are pushed. More significantly, Se-REM has received exactly zero criticisms from anyone who has done the program. We have gotten nothing but positive comments and appreciation. Se-REM is in use in nearly all 50 States, and in 14 foreign countries. The science behind why Bi-lateral stimulation of the Brain is so healing will continue to be studied for many years. I am definitely not a scientist, but I appreciate it. Knowing what different parts of the brain are involved has never helped me be a better therapist. Van de Kolk has said Researchers make terrible therapists, and therapists make terrible researchers. I am humble enough to say developing Se-REM felt analogous to a country nutritionist discovering a cure for cancer. Even if all his clients were cured, it would be almost impossible to get accepted. I am grateful to madinamerica for giving Se-REM this chance.