EMDR: Targeting the repetition compulsion in couples therapy
EMDR can help couples in therapy when one or both partners experience distress which creates obstacles or impasses in treatment. The benetits of EMDR are examined through the lens of the repetition compulsion and nested within a resource~based approach to couples therapy (fostering attunement, trustworthness and vitality). Different formats for conducting EMDR (conjointly, separarely, and adjunctively) are presented along with their indicators, advantages and disavantages. Special considerations (such as, when to introduce EMDR, balancing alliances, sequencing sessions and instructions to an observing partner) and modifications the standard protocol are clarified. Contraindications for EMDR in couples therapy are also examined.
Original Work Citation
Karpel, M. A. (2005, September). EMDR: Targeting the repetition compulsion in couples therapy. Presentation at the 10th EMDR International Association Conference, Seattle, WA
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