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EMDR for protracted grief?

Eagle Ray
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Hi, I’m just wondering if anyone else has tried EMDR for protracted grief? My psychologist suggested it as something I could try at my next session with her.


I’ve done somatic experiencing with her and it’s been very successful at processing and taking the charge out of specific traumatic events. I’d read about the method beforehand and it really resonated with me. I went into it feeling confident in it and I got good results.


EMDR, on the other hand, I actually feel scared of and I’m trying to figure out why. I’ve read a bit about it and understand it’s connected with the reprocessing of memories through forms of bilateral stimulation.


I’ve read it has a good evidence base in relation to PTSD. I’d be interested to hear anyone’s experiences with EMDR in relation to grief, especially protracted, complicated grief.

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