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Old 03-03-2018, 04:22 PM   #1
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I have a scheduled appt. next month for a therapist who does EMDR. I have read mixed reviews for use on CPTSD. Has anyone tried it and does it work?
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I have not tried it, but I suspect it might be better for single-episode trauma.
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My therapist and I pretty much ruled it out for me, stuff is too tangled up, too non declarative and too foggy (ie too complex). I guess if there are specific traumatic events it could help with those but by definition CPTSD is messier.
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My therapist and I pretty much ruled it out for me, stuff is too tangled up, too non declarative and too foggy (ie too complex). I guess if there are specific traumatic events it could help with those but by definition CPTSD is messier.
^^ I am in a similar situation.
I have been repeatedly advised against doing this.
Thus, I have not tried it.


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Did EMDR for two years. It was the one single modality that saved my life. I am starting EMDR again as I still have some lingering issues as with complex PTSD it is hard to clear all the the trauma events. The key is having a good connection with the therapist and you feel safe with them.
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I'm supposed to start soon for my complex trauma. Nervous about it. I have ten years of crap.
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I do hope you report back; I am interested.

My therapist is going to offer this later after she trains in July.
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Default Re: Does EMDR work for CPTSD?

This is a great post. I also was wondering about this same question!
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^^ I am in a similar situation.
I have been repeatedly advised against doing this.
Thus, I have not tried it.


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Can you elaborate this? Thanks!
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EMDR can be very effective even on complex PTSD but because of the amount of abuse or trauma it is not a quick process. With EMDR you work on one trauma at a time preferably the oldest one first because everything else relates back to that.

I have been working with my therapist for close to a year and a half now I had all kinds of abuse physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect from the ages of 2-20. So the problem is there is so much crap to work through no matter what modality you use it's going to take a very long time. But yes EMDR can widdle it down 1 trauma at a time. You do want to be sure you have somebody highly-trained in EMDR if you using it for complex PTSD. Personally I think the success rate with using EMDR comes down to the therapist performing it they have to have all the tools and tricks to help get you through it.
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