The Role of the Therapeutic Relationship in EMDR Therapy
Thirty years after Francine Shapiro’s infamous walk in the park, EMDR has evolved from a simple desensitization technique, to EMDR, to EMDR Therapy, a comprehensive treatment approach. Similarly, our field has evolved in its understanding of trauma from PTSD to complex trauma, a spectrum of disorders most often rooted in childhood attachment trauma.
When treating these early attachment wounds, having positive, reparative attachment experiences in the present is necessary to develop the client’s capacity for secure attachment. The therapeutic dyad, then, becomes more central to the process and the processing as we navigate the delicate waters between past and present, between self and other, between therapist and client, towards developing a new relational template for the future.