Support returning to work after reprocessing of power harassment memory by EMDR
A client of current case study is married female nurse, who lost her father when she was 6 years old. Her mother managed to raise her and her sister by herself. Since the relationship has been good, I cannot find any traumatic episode to be processed. Relationship with husband is also good. I focused the traumatic episode of power harassment in which medical doctor gave her earful, chased her and put her under lock and key for few minutes. I spent one and half year (23 sessions) to let her return to workplace. After listening to the history, first six sessions was used for processing trauma of the power harassment. Although we finished processing the trauma, she had bad dream where she was locked in elevator with him, and in real life in the hospital, he look daggers at her when she submitted a document of accidents in line of duty, and SUDs increased again. I treated her with RDI, fragmented processing such as his eyes, his words, and dream. I also began in vivo exposure in hierarchal manner. After I used future template of going back to the hospital, she returned to other section of the hospital. I discuss why it has taken long to treat her considering elements of her circumstances such as power construct between male doctor and female nurse, the fact that perpetrator did not receive any punishment, and possibility of encountering with him in workplace.
Original Work Citation
Ichii, M. (2020, January). Support returning to work after reprocessing of power harassment memory by EMDR. Presentation at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
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