Using EMDR in trauma work with a patient with a dissociative identity disorder: A Dutch example
EMDR is a powerful technique for helping people overcoming their traumas. However, most of the clinical practice as well as the research have been focused on type 1 trauma and simple PTSD. Gradually the field is expanding to complex chronic traumatization and dissociative problems. In this case presentation I will share our first experiences in this challenging field. The case is about an older woman with DID who was treated in a residential psychotherapeutic setting. This is followed by a brief video-demonstration of EMDR with this DID-patient during a period of trauma work. After reporting on the process and outcome of this therapy, the conclusion will be that EMDR can be effective for dissociative patients suffering from early chronic severe and complex traumatization if several specific criteria are met. These criteria are about conceptualization according to the model of structural dissociation, about indication, timing, and preparation of the EMDR-sessions, about adaptation of the protocol, and about integration of EMDR in the broader phase-oriented state-of-the-art treatment of DID. Learning objectives: 1. Witnessing the effect of EMDR. 2. Recognizing the clinical features of DID. 3. Encouraging therapists to indicate EMDR for complex trauma (under specific conditions).
Original Work Citation
Groenendijk, M. (2008, April). Using EMDR in trauma work with a patient with a dissociative identity disorder: A Dutch example. Presentation at the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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