EMDR Therapy for Single Event Traumas vs. Childhood Developmental Traumas. How are they different?

In cases of single event traumas in adulthood, where the client had a relatively trauma-free childhood with secure attachments, EMDR Therapy can be quicker in terms of showing results. I analogize the trauma to be like a localized tumor in the body, which can be directly accessed and dealt with.

While in cases where there is significant childhood trauma, or significant dissociation, EMDR Therapy needs to be implemented with other modalities and the therapy process can be slower and more long drawn out. Dealing with the trauma is then similar to dealing with late stage cancer, which has metastasized to different parts of the body. The trauma then affects every aspect of our personality and our sense of self. It is not as cut and dry as the scenario presented above, with single event traumas.

Once we conduct the intake in the first session, I shall present a treatment plan to you and work collaboratively with you to adapt EMDR Therapy and other modalities, to your unique situation, in a safe and effective manner.