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Unread December 7th, 2010, 07:56 AM
Sandra Paulsen Sandra Paulsen is offline
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Default Re: First EMDR session-total bummer

I don't have enough info to know what happened in your case but I'll make general comments that may or may not apply to you. EMDR works best on traumatic memories or experiences that had maladaptive lessons learned. If one targets one's cole slaw recipe nothing will happen. Usually. Though I guess it could slide into memory of that bad picnic with Uncle Ralphie.

Most likely, if there is an appropriate target memory and appropriate work up, if nothing happens some part of the self is blocking it, and something has been overlooked (or shined on) in terms of ego state defenses. Dissociation should be checked for - one way or another - in every single client before doing EMDR. Because it often hides. That's the whole point. laying low.

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