Treatment and resolution of the traumatic component of erectile dysfunction with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
The role of trauma in the etiology of impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED) appears to be underestimated in the current sex therapy literature. With newer pharmacological treatments available, less attention is being given to exploring other modalities of intervention for this condition. In a thorough assessment of a client presenting with a complaints of impotence, it becomes evident that once a medical clearance is given which rules out organic factors, the very existence of the condition becomes an issue fraught with complexities and drama. The original onset of the ED may be perceived as traumatic in itself or evoke successive traumas over time. Or there may be residual trauma from the client’s early history, which impact on the development of the ED is not immediately accessible or evident to the client and/or therapist, thereby undermining the traditional sex therapy interventions for impotence. EMDR is an effective means of identifying and resolving trauma of varying origins. In light of this, it was offered as a treatment intervention to two clients, both of which were in their fifth decade of life and had opted out of pharmacological treatment of ED and who had not resolve the issue with other techniques. This 30 minute symposium presentation will include two clinical case presentations with the goals of elucidating the : 1) role of the traumatic component in erectile dysfunction, 2) use of the EMDR standard protocol as an element of the treatment and rapid resolution of ED, 3) unique suitability of EMDR in sex therapy for client without partners.
Original Work Citation
Tormey, M. E. (2004, June). Treatment and resolution of the traumatic component of erectile dysfunction with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). In EMDR, biology, and the body (J. Spector, Chair). Symposium conducted at the 5th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Stockholm, Sweden
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