Prince Harry can be seen tapping his shoulders and shifting his eyes quickly as he undergoes EMDR therapy, a relatively recent type of PTSD treatment that he said he used to relieve crippling anxiety attacks.
In the third episode of Oprah Winfrey’s latest Apple TV+ docuseries, “The Me You Can’t See,” the Duke of Sussex, 36, unveiled the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy method he used to alleviate his PTSD following his mother’s death.
“EMDR has always been something I wanted to try, and it was one of the many different types of healing or curing that I was able to try, and I never would have been open to that if I hadn’t put in the effort and therapy that I’ve done over the years,” Harry told Winfrey.
Harry said that the memory of his mother’s death in August 1997 had made London a source of trauma for him.
Harry demonstrated how EMDR helped him deal with feelings of being “hunted” and “helpless” when he returned home during his consultation with UK-based psychotherapist Sanja Oakley.
Harry remembered, “It happens every time.” “I don’t recall the first time it happened; all I remember is the feeling of discomfort, like a hollow, empty feeling of nervousness, or is it fear? “Everything feels tense,” the redheaded prince expressed his dissatisfaction.
During the session, Harry closed his eyes, crossed his arms over his chest, and tapped alternately on each shoulder as Oakley prodded him to say what he’d rather feel instead of the texture of the memory.
After the care, Harry claimed to be in a state of “calmness” and “power.”
Harry mentioned that he has been receiving the treatment for “five years now,” and that it is more about prevention for him.
“How can I fix this?” says the narrator. Winfrey was informed about Harry’s work with Oakley.
“And it was a case of having to go back in time, to the point of trauma, deal with it, process it, and then step forwards,” she says.