Speak to the wind
Seven years after a tree suddenly fell across their car in a rainstorm, severely injuring her husband, but sparing her, a woman of 58 was referred to me with a curious, persistent post traumatic symptom. In most regards she had recovered well from the accident which left her husband seriously brain damaged and wheelchair bound in a nursing home where she visited him frequently. She worked regularly in the business department of a theatre company, had a strong social network and had, in several years of traditional therapy, been able to move beyond her rage and sorrow concerning the event. She was, however, “terrified of the wind” and this fear, while not having major impact upon her daily activities, often led to night time awakenings when the wind “howled” outside her window, and limited her outdoor activity whenever there was moderate wind. She was determined to “overcome” this last residue of the accident and was told by a client who had worked with me that EMDR could be of help.
“Speak to the wind,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 6, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/16470.