Thread: DID and EMDR
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Unread April 6th, 2009, 10:58 AM
Sandra Paulsen Sandra Paulsen is offline
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Default Re: DID and EMDR

Again this may not apply a bit to you. but folks who are truly DID have a capacity that less dissociative folks don't have - and that is the capacity to allow the necessary work to occur behind an amnesia barrier for some of the sessions. This can make the therapy much more comfortable. The therapist has to know how tho. Therapists can make clients much worse if they push for remembering trauma instead of doing the things that would be stabilizing - like containment, tucking in, resourcing, de-conflicting. Here's the step...

The client comes to therapy with a part that does life in front, driving, walking in the door. then that part goes off "on a cruise in the mind's eye" is what I say, and the therapist works behind the wall, defusing conflicts and more. Then near the end the parts tuck in (because they have been shown by the therapist that it is in their interest to do so), and the part comes back from the cruise when called back, just in time to write the check for a session they barely attended! The disturbance is thus contained behind a wall.

The front part attends session when life has to be discussed, and also for resourcing purposes, grounding, anything that activates the ventral vagal nervous system.

Medication helps sometimes as well. Sometimes not.

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Last edited by Sandra Paulsen; April 8th, 2009 at 09:56 AM.
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