People Experience Afterlife Communication in a Psychotherapist’s Office

Allan Botkin psychotherapist for afterlife communication

A video of people who have had this procedure to help them have afterlife communications while sitting in a psychotherapist’s office follows this article.

In 1995, Dr. Allan Botkin, a psychotherapist at a Chicago VA hospital, was startled when one of his patients described having an after-death communication in his office. The procedure Dr. Botkin was using to help reduce the vet’s grief was eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). In EMDR the psychotherapist has patients move their eyes back and forth rapidly as they would in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. The patients then close their eyes and usually experience profound breakthroughs in understanding. No one is quite sure how it works, but it has proved to be one of the most powerful therapeutic tools the discipline of psychology has ever discovered. To date over 10,000 psychotherapists have been trained to use it and it has been endorsed by many psychological and health organizations, including the American Psychological Association and United States Veterans Administration.

The Vietnam combat veteran Dr. Botkin was working with had been experiencing devastating grief for decades from intrusive memories of a young Vietnamese orphaned girl he had come to love as a daughter, but who died in his arms from a bullet wound. During an EMDR session, the vet said that while his eyes were closed he saw the girl as a beautiful young woman, not the child he had known. That matches what mediums describe as happening when children die—they grow up in the life after this life. The vet’s experience healed his grief instantly, and he was certain the girl was alive in the life after this life.[i]

Over the next few weeks 15 percent of Dr. Botkin’s patients experienced similar after-death communications with people for whom they were grieving. He named the experience an induced after-death communication (IADC).[ii]

In the ensuing months Dr. Botkin learned how to use the therapy method intentionally and had a high success rate with grieving patients at the VA hospital. Over the next several years he trained hundreds of psychotherapists to administer the therapy. Thousands of people have now had induced after-death communications. In virtually every case they alleviate the experiencer’s grief almost immediately. Most patients emphatically state that they have had a real communication with their deceased loved ones, and they view the life after this life differently, even those who started the therapy as atheists.

The therapy method and 84 cases are described in our book Induced After-Death Communication: A New Therapy for Grief and Trauma.[iii] The website describing the method and listing contact information for therapists who use it is You can read more about the method and view video of people who have had the procedure at

Remarkably, in many of the sessions the patients learned things they weren’t expecting to learn and couldn’t have known. In other words, the source must have been the deceased. Five such cases from among the 84 in the book follow. In each case, the person experiencing the IADC was given EMDR eye movements and then sat quietly with eyes closed. The IADC unfolded naturally without prompting from Dr. Botkin. He didn’t learn about it until the experiencer opened their eyes and described it to him.

In the first case, a reporter had a session with Dr. Botkin as part of her interview of him. She reported having an IADC with a deceased friend in which she saw him playing with a dog. The friend told the reporter that the dog was his sister’s, although the reporter didn’t know her friend’s sister had a dog. After the session she called her friend’s sister and asked whether she had a dog. She said, “Yes, I had a dog, but he died.” She then described the dog and it was the same breed and color as the one the reporter had seen in the after-death communication.

The reporter also received a message for Dr. Botkin. The reporter looked exactly like an old friend the doctor had known years before. As he was talking to the reporter, he kept having flashbacks of this old friend. During the reporter’s IADC she told Dr. Botkin that her deceased friend said, “That was a long time ago, Dr. Lil.” She didn’t understand what that meant. But Dr. Botkin knew immediately. His patients called him “Dr. Al,” which was what the reporter was actually hearing. The deceased friend knew what Dr. Botkin was thinking about the reporter’s resemblance to his old friend a long time ago.[iv]

In another therapy session in Dr. Botkin’s office, a patient’s deceased father said to him, “Forgive me for being so cold when we adopted you.” That made no sense to the man because he remembered his father as always warm and close to him. That evening he asked his mother, “Was Dad cold to me when I was young?” His mother gasped and said, “Yes. How could you have remembered that? You were only a tiny baby.” She explained that his father had been cold to him when he was an infant and wouldn’t hold him, but after a few months everything was fine and the patient grew up to have a very close relationship with his father. He had learned something in the IADC he couldn’t have learned from any source other than his deceased father.[v]

In a third case, a blue-eyed Swedish Vietnam combat vet asked Dr. Botkin to help him have an IADC with a black soldier in his platoon who had died in a firefight. There had been racial tension in his platoon, but in spite of that he said he was experiencing some grief over the black soldier’s death. Dr. Botkin induced an after-death communication. The patient closed his eyes and sat for a couple of minutes. Then he opened his eyes, shaking his head and looking perplexed. “The guy saw right through me,” he said. He then explained to Dr. Botkin that he just wanted to find out the black soldier’s name so he could put the name on paperwork that would get him additional money for the grief he was suffering. The VA gave money monthly to vets who could prove they had some trauma that was causing them grief. But when he asked the black soldier for his name while in the after-death communication, the soldier said, “Why do you want my name now? You didn’t want it then.” The vet muttered again “The guy saw right through me” and never brought the issue up again in the therapy sessions.[vi]

The deceased black soldier said what Dr. Botkin’s patient was not expecting, a statement that could only have come from another living person who was not willing to cooperate with the subterfuge.

In a fourth case involved a normal EMDR session, not an IADC session. A combat vet wanted therapy to reduce his consuming anger with his commanding officer over sending him into combat without a rifle. Since he believed the commanding officer was alive after Vietnam, Dr. Botkin couldn’t do an IADC to communicate with him. So he did a normal EMDR session to work on reducing the anger.

But when the vet closed his eyes after the EMDR eye movements, he was surprised to see the commanding officer standing before him in his Mind. The officer said he was very sorry for what he had done, and he realized the problems it caused for the vet in later life. “He looked like he really meant it,” the vet said. “I believe him.” With that forgiveness, the anger resolved itself for the first time in 31 years. But Dr. Botkin was surprised to see that a living person came through in an IADC session. But the next day the vet checked the lists of everyone who died in Vietnam. He discovered that his commanding officer had died soon after the vet left Vietnam.[vii]

The final example is a touching story of a man named Jim who had an IADC with Dr. Botkin to resolve the grief over the death of his friend, Simon. He had been very close to Simon and his wife, Darlene. In the IADC Jim saw Simon and talked with him. After he opened his eyes and told Dr. Botkin what had happened, he said, “I feel he’s OK. But you know, I was really hoping to have a message for Darlene. She’s not doing well at all.” Dr. Botkin induced another after-death communication so Jim could ask Simon for a message for Darlene, but this time Jim only saw two hands: a broad, masculine hand over a feminine hand. He felt they were Simon’s and Darlene’s hands, but there was no message. Jim was disappointed that he didn’t have a message for Darlene but elated at the contact with his friend.

After the session Jim went to Darlene’s home. He told her he had had a communication with Simon but was disappointed that he didn’t have a message to give her from him, that he had only seen Simon’s hand on top of her hand. She began to cry, smiling and nodding her head. She said to Jim, “Last night I had a dream. It was so clear it didn’t seem like a dream. I felt, really felt, Simon holding my hand. Jim, he did give you a message from him to me. He was saying that it really was him holding my hand last night.”[viii]

These experiences are connections with the living person who has never gone far and is just not using a body anymore. The IADCs occur when the psychotherapist helps the patient set aside anger, guilt, shame, and other negative emotions using the powerful EMDR therapy method. That leaves only the deep, underlying sadness. The psychotherapist then takes the person into that sadness, plumbing its depths without flinching from it, until the person has experienced the most painful reaches of it. The person, most often in tears, then closes their eyes and remains open to whatever will happen.

When all negative emotions and the deep sadness are out of the way, what is left is the compassion and love that created the sadness. That compassion and love drops the veil between the Earth plane and the life after this life; the IADC occurs. Then the loved one, who has always been alive, well, loving, and caring, is able to communicate. The results are rich, inspiring, loving reunions that heal grief. Those we love and feel compassion for are never far from us. We just can’t quiet the noise of the Earth plane to communicate with them. The IADC psychotherapy method does that.

In the video that follows, people who have actually had the Induced After-Death Communication procedure describe what happened to them. It begins with the experiences of a Vietnam War combat veteran explaining that at the beginning of the procedure, he was transported back to the battlefield.

Allan Botkin psychotherapist for afterlife communication

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