Is unresolved anger the problem?


Unresolved anger, when not previously identified or prepared for, can halt EMDR processing in an instant. It is often at the root of or an integral part of the clinical picture for individuals suffering from anxiety disorders, depression and some personality disorders as well as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromylgia. Because unresolved anger is not often conscious and evident at first glance, it can be missed or not readily addressed, prior to EMDR processing. Participants who attend this workshop will 1) be better able to identify unresolved anger in their clients with a variety of presenting complaints; 2) learn ways to prepare and assess their client's readiness to do EMDR when dealing with unresolved anger issues: and 3) learn effective cognitive interweaves to use when EMDR processing gets stuck.






Wendy Freitag

Original Work Citation

Freitag, W. (2002, June). Is unresolved anger the problem? Presentation at the 7th EMDR International Association Conference, San Diego, CA



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