Changing cognitions


Linda (not her real name) is a 40- year-old professional woman whose avocation is healing and who is proficient in several of the touch therapies. She has a Dissociative Disorder with well-defined "parts," but she has not experienced time loss. She is not on medication and although she is often depressed, she is able bfunction fairly well most of the time. As a child, she was emotionally and sexually abused by her father for approximately ten years. He is bedridden now, but she is still subject to his verbal abuse when she visits him once a week. He has never acknowledged his abuse, nor has she confronted him about it (although she has told her mother). She said she will not feel totally safe until he is dead. We have had ten sessions together. EMDR was used in most of our sessions during which she processed specific incidents of abuse that were very traumatic for her. She believes that she has many dissociated infant and child parts-each of whom hold a memory of one of the abusive incidents she experienced.






Bea Scarlata

Original Work Citation

Scarlata, B. (1995). Changing cognitions. EMDR Network Newsletter, 5(1), 8-9




“Changing cognitions,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed May 14, 2021,

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