EMDR for clients with dissociative identity disorder, DDNOS, and ego states



Using EMDR with clients with dissociative identity disorder (DID) and other dissociative disorders (DDs) requires careful adaptation to allow the unique benefits of EMDR to be used productively, without risking unleashing a flood of traumatic material and destabilizing the client. In this chapter I will discuss adaptations for each stage of treatment for dissociative clients. While I'll focus on work with DID (formerly multiple personality disorder) and dissociative disorder not otherwise specified (DDNOS), the EMDR adaptations and protocols taught in this chapter can be used with people with other DDs and complex PTSD, and in ego-state work. This chapter is divided into three sections, summarizing the treatment of DDs within the three stages of standard phase-oriented trauma treatment.


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Joanne H. Twombly

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“EMDR for clients with dissociative identity disorder, DDNOS, and ego states,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed June 16, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/17390.

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