Dissociative disorders and EMDR: Depersonalisation, derealisation and dissociation

Description

Within the field of dissociative disorders, EMDR clinicians are advised that there should be significant stabilisation in the preparation phase of the standard protocol. Indeed, where a client has been experiencing depersonalisation and / or derealisation for a significant period of time, there can be elements of heightened risk, such as suicidal intent caused by living in this ‘half-life’ or ‘dream-state’. For these clients, using a float-back technique to introduce body sensation as a mechanism of grounding can be, and is, highly effective in terms of stabilisation. This can enable a swifter progression to a place of stability in order to target the cause of dissociation, where it has been triggered by a natural, protective psychological avoidance to a traumatic event as well as reduce risk of suicide in clients who are experiencing significant distress at being ‘trapped’ in this ‘alternate reality’.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Susan Darker-Smith

Original Work Citation

Darker-Smith, S. (2012, October). Dissociative disorders and EMDR: Depersonalisation, derealisation and dissociation. Presentation at the at the 4th Autumn EMDR Workshop Conference, Sheffield, UK

Collection

Citation

“Dissociative disorders and EMDR: Depersonalisation, derealisation and dissociation,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed August 4, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/21863.

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