- Aug 13, 2006
I have never posted before but wanted to ask a question regarding the treatment of Complex PTSD and dissociation (not DID, though). I am in NY and recently began therapy with a therapist who, after several visits, indicated that he had never in his 15 years of practice, dealt with any patient with as traumatic a history as mine (severe childhood sexual trauma, suicide by several family members, rape and assault by a psychiatrist when I was inpatient at a hospital,etc.) and he said that he thought that I needed to see someone more specialized in treating trauma cases. He practices something called EMDR, but said that I was not a good candidate because of my history of dissociating and lack of a cohesive memory of many of the events described above. Does anyone know whether EMDR is effective in such cases, or at all? I am now looking for another therapist since I don't want to feel like I have to be worried about "scaring" any therapist with recounting my own life. It was bad enough that I had to live it, much less that I have to worry whether my telling it will scare someone. I am bipolar, and am trying to work while having just come out of a psychotic depression but it is getting harder every day. I have never had therapy that treated me for the trauma and am concerned that maybe it is too hard for someone to treat someone who has been through some of the scary things that I have been through. Not sure what to do next.