The case of a sexually abused woman re-entering her body after a cognitive interweave

Description

I was working with a woman who had been repeatedly molested by her teenage brother when she was very young. As we reached the end of the session, she was aware that as a child, she left her body so he could not hurt her. Although she believed that it was not safe to be in her body, she did feel safe and secure outside of her body looking down on things. I suggested to her that, "It wasn't safe to be in your body then, but it is now." She agreed, and we did another set of eye movements. At the end of that setshe exclaimed, "I can feel myself in my body for the first time! I never knew I wasn't in my body before." She kept saying how strange it felt to be in her body. She was so surprised! It was like she had been living hovering outside of her body since she was a child without being aware of it, and suddenly had popped back into it.

Format

Newsletter

Language

English

Author(s)

Laurel Parnell

Original Work Citation

Parnell, L. (1995). The case of a sexually abused woman re-entering her body after a cognitive interweave. EMDR Network Newsletter, 5(1), 9

Collection

Citation

“The case of a sexually abused woman re-entering her body after a cognitive interweave,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed August 6, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/16975.

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