Using EMDR in trauma work with a patient with a dissociative identity disorder (DID)
EMDR is a powerful technique for helping people overcoming their traumas. However, most of the clinical practice as well as the research has been focussed on type 1 trauma and simple PTSD. Gradually the field is expanding to complex chronic traumatisation and dissociative problems. In this workshop I will share our first experiences in this challenging field. I will start with information about “the state of the art” treatment of DID. Then I will present a case of an older woman with DID who was treated in a residential psychotherapeutic setting. This is followed by a 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 traumatisation 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. At the end there will be time for discussion and questions.
Original Work Citation
Groenendijk, M. (2008, June). Using EMDR in trauma work with a patient with a dissociative identity disorder (DID). Presentation at the 9th EMDR Europe Association Conference, London, England
“Using EMDR in trauma work with a patient with a dissociative identity disorder (DID),” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed August 4, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/19589.