27 May 2023

EMDR to beat public speaking anxiety - a vignette

As a psychiatrist specializing in online EMDR therapy, I have the privilege of helping many high-achieving individuals overcome a variety of emotional challenges. One client in particular, Michael, a wealthy investor, stands out to me as a testament to the power of EMDR to overcome phobias.

Michael came to me seeking help to overcome his phobia of public speaking. Despite his wealth and success in the business world, he was struggling with an intense fear of speaking in front of large groups of people. He was aware that this fear was holding him back both personally and professionally, and was looking for a way to overcome it.

During our initial session, I learned about Michael's background and the various traumatic experiences that may have contributed to his phobia. He was a successful businessman, but he was feeling stuck and unable to take his career to the next level due to his fear of public speaking.

I recommended EMDR therapy as a way for Michael to process the trauma that may have contributed to his phobia, and to help him regain a sense of control over his life. He was hesitant at first, but was willing to give it a try. Over the course of several weeks, we worked through the traumatic experiences using EMDR techniques.

Michael reported that he was feeling more confident and in control of his life. He was sleeping better, felt more connected to those around him, and was experiencing a renewed sense of self-worth. He was also able to improve his ability to present to clients, and was feeling more fulfilled in his role as a businessman.

While Michael's journey was not without its challenges, he was able to make tremendous progress with the help of EMDR therapy. He was a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of therapy.

As a psychiatrist, it's an honor to be able to help individuals like Michael work through their emotional challenges and to see the positive changes that occur as a result of therapy. I am confident that with the right support, anyone can overcome their obstacles and lead a fulfilling life. While EMDR may not be a "quick fix," it can provide individuals with the tools and resources they need to work through their traumas and to achieve a more stable and fulfilling life.

Michiel Bosman MD


The goal of this vignette is to illustrate the potential benefits of EMDR therapy and to show how it can help individuals overcome a wide range of challenges, both in the treatment setting and in their private or work life. The client's background and experience with EMDR are not a representation of any real person, but rather an imaginative composite of various experiences I have had with clients over the years.​

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