EMDR Therapy
March 14, 2024


Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is a condition that is often associated with prolonged and repeated trauma, such as chronic abuse, neglect, or interpersonal violence, that was particularly common during one’s childhood.

Here’s how EMDR can be applied in the context of CPTSD:

Addressing Multiple Traumatic Experiences:
CPTSD often involves exposure to multiple and chronic traumatic events, such as ongoing abuse or neglect. EMDR is adaptable and can be used to target and process various traumatic memories and experiences that contribute to the complexity of CPTS

Targeting Core Beliefs and Negative Self-Perceptions:
EMDR Therapy is an effective way of combating the negative, core beliefs and self-perceptions that can be deeply ingrained in individuals with CPTSD. Through the bilateral stimulation used in EMDR, individuals are empowered to reprocess and replace these negative beliefs with empowering, more positive and adaptive ones.

Targeting Specific Symptoms:
CPTSD often involves a range of symptoms, including flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, and difficulties with interpersonal relationships. EMDR can be adapted to target specific symptoms, helping individuals gain relief and develop more adaptive responses to triggers.

EMDR can be integrated with somatic approaches:
This combination helps address the physical and sensory aspects of trauma, contributing to a more holistic healing process.

It’s important to note that while EMDR can be effective for many individuals with CPTSD, the therapeutic process should be tailored to each person’s unique needs. A thorough assessment by a trained and experienced therapist is crucial to determine the suitability of EMDR and to ensure that the therapy is applied in a safe and supportive manner.

If you’d like more information on how EMDR may be beneficial to your healing journey, feel free to reach out!

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