Using the therapeutic relationship in EMDR with patients with complex PTSD
Now that the therapeutic relationship is firmly part of EMDR, it is time to show its uses with difficult populations. Skilful emphasis on empathic attunement beginning in the history taking phase with emphasis on using the Procedural Steps Outline diagnostically, and Light stream as an affect management tool, starting in the first session will be shown to be of use specifically with this population. This population needs special attention regarding alterations in affect regulation, self perception, consciousness and attention, somatisation, trust, and identity. In the preparation phase participants will learn various relational strategies to accomplish these tasks. They will also learn to use the relationship as an additional resource for containment with appropriate boundaries. Relational concepts such as “Implicit Relational Knowing”, “Moments of Meeting”, and “Dyadic Expansion of Consciousness” will be taught to expand methods of stabilization for preparation, and for active trauma work. Modifications of active trauma work using active resourcing; titrating or dosing; treating transference and counter transference phenomenon will all be demonstrated to enhance EMDR work with complex PTSD and Dissociation.
Original Work Citation
Dworkin, M. (2008, June). Using the therapeutic relationship in EMDR with patients with complex PTSD. Presentation at the 9th EMDR Europe Association Conference, London, England
“Using the therapeutic relationship in EMDR with patients with complex PTSD,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed December 3, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/18221.