Prince Harry undergoes on-camera therapy session used to treat PTSD

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Prince Harry is seen tapping his shoulders and rapidly moving his eyes as he is filmed undertaking EMDR therapy — a relatively new form of treatment for PTSD he said he turned to in order to treat debilitating anxiety attacks.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, revealed the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy technique he used to relieve the PTSD in the aftermath of his mom’s death in the third episode of new Apple TV+ docuseries, “The Me You Can’t See,” with Oprah Winfrey.

“EMDR is always something that I wanted to try and that was one of the varieties of different forms of healing or curing that I was willing to experiment with, and I never would have been open to that had I not put in the work and the therapy that I’ve done over the years,” Harry told Winfrey.

Harry said the memory of his mom’s death in August 1997 had even turned London into a source of trauma for him.


During the session with UK-based psychotherapist Sanja Oakley, Harry showed viewers that using EMDR helped him address feeling “hunted” and “helpless” when returning home.

“Happens every time,” Harry recalled. “I can’t remember the first time it happened, I can just remember the feeling, anxiety, like a hollow empty feeling almost of nervousness, is it fear? Everything feels tense,” the red-headed prince said.

Harry closed his eyes, crossed his arms across his chest, and tapped alternatively on each shoulder during the session — as Oakley asked him about the texture of the memory, prodding him to say what he’d rather feel instead.

Harry later said he was in a place of “calmness” and “strength” after the treatment.

Harry revealed he has undergone the therapy for “five years now,” noting that it’s all about prevention for him.

“Well, so how do I fix this?” Harry told Winfrey of his work with Oakley.


“And it was a case of needing to go back to the past, go back to the point of trauma, deal with it, process it and then move forward.”

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