EMDR Treats PTSD caused by Childhood Trauma.
If you are a survivor of childhood trauma with PTSD you can get help with EMDR therapy. EMDR helps with symptoms of PTSD.
Did you suffer from sexual, physical, or psychological trauma, from your parents?
Are you having negative memories of your childhood? Are you experiencing low self-worth and depression? If so, you might want to consider getting EMDR therapy. EMDR therapy shows good success in reducing the disturbance of aversive memories.
EMDR treats PTSD caused by Childhood Narcissistic Parenting
What is Complex PTSD?
Complex PTSD does not exist in the diagnostic statistical manual for psychiatric disorders. However, most researchers such as Bessel Van Der Kolk and Judith Herman ( the psychiatrist who coined the term complex trauma) agree that this condition does exist and is important to understand in order to get effective treatment and to get on with healing. Like PTSD Complex PTSD is a more severe condition that affects a person’s ability to be in relationships. Their view of self, others, and the world are pathologically negative. A person suffering from symptoms of CPTSD suffers from shame and an inner critic that relentlessly criticizes the person or judges the other so that being in a relationship is very challenging. The critic part is the original abuser’s voice which later in life turns into the adult’s own voice known as the introject of the original abuser i.e mom, dad, sibling or another family member that abused the person in their childhood. Put another way, the survivor hears their own voice criticizing themselves and other people in their head. Symptoms of CPTSD may include social anxiety, toxic shame, inability to regulate emotions, flashbacks or triggers that remind the person of the past and cause dissociation or what Pete Walker coins as an ” emotional flashback,” A person with CPTSD may also have difficulty trusting others which can contribute to an inability to have intimate relationships.
That said, there is hope despite these symptoms. Self-help groups such as adult children of alcoholics, narcissistic parents or emotionally immature parents or codependence anonymous are very helpful for healing. If you are suffering from an addictive behaviour as a way to self-soothe from emotional flashbacks ( Walker, 2013) then any 12-step program that refers to the addiction i.e, AA, NA, overeaters anonymous, gamblers anonymous, sex addicts anonymous and so on will be very helpful as the first step to healing. Once you have a support system in place obtaining a trauma therapist that understands childhood trauma ( abuse) is advised. It is my personal opinion that group work combined with EMDR and counselling is the best way to heal as this kind of therapy permits exposure to people and the opportunity to be in relationships while learning how to trust others. In other words, a psychotherapeutic group combined with a self-help group and EMDR is what I recommend to survivors of childhood abuse.
Stay tuned for the start of my group which members who already see me for regular counselling will be invited to join.
Walker, Pete. Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma. Lafayette, Ca, Azure Coyote, 2013
EMDR and The Inner Child