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Re: EMDR - I may be trying it Dinah

Posted by zenhussy on December 28, 2003, at 11:54:17

In reply to Re: EMDR - I may be trying it judy1, posted by Dinah on December 28, 2003, at 11:02:32

>>By the way, Judy, one of my biggest concerns is that the person my therapist recommended might not have sufficient training and experience in EMDR to deal with a highly dissociative client. But I don't really want to upset him by going to someone else.


Respectfully, your therapy isn't about your T. Upsetting him need not be your first concern.

>>I understand that you should have a person trained in at least Level II and with some experience, as highly dissociative individuals are the ones most likely to have negative outcomes with EMDR. I wonder if the risks are overstated? I can't really imagine what might go wrong.

Yes I would have to agree with finding a level II professional (phd, mft, mfcc, lcsw, etc.) to work with as I have worked with different therapists trained at different levels.

As for what can go wrong? If you would like me to e-mail you I can give you an in depth personal experience as to just what can go wrong with a therapist inadequately trained in using EMDR with a dissociative client. Let me know if you would like to hear it.

>>But it does make me halfway hope that the person my therapist wants me to see is not, in fact, available or willing so that I can interview others who are on the EMDR association referral list.

From what I'm reading this sounds like the smartest idea for you. When doing EMDR for the second time (with a level II professional) I researched the training and contacted the institute for level II people in my area. I interviewed the hell outta them before I chose the person I did. At that time the therapist doing the EMDR was my all around therapist. Looking back I would do EMDR with a separate therapist and process with both that person and my individual therapist.

>>I suppose my therapist feels that he'll be able to work with this woman, and not worry that I'll try to dilute my dependence by developing a therapeutic relationship with her (since he's always known I'd love to have a backup therapist).

It is very important for professionals to have a good working relationship together otherwise everyone involved suffers in one way or another.

I'm a little confused as to why your T would be worried about diluting your dependency. Is that a bad thing? Sounds a bit fishy to me after so many years. But then again I'm not the one with the degrees charging the big bucks so I'm sure your T is working from some psych. angle I'm not aware of.





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