Client Experience: Using Equilateral EMDR – Adolescent client with PTSD
This writing is part of a collection of My Clients’ Experiences. You may see yourself in these experiences or you may have other issues you feel the techniques I use may help you with.
Below is a counseling experience in which Dr. Timothy Test and I had use Equilateral EMDR with an adolescent client with PTSD beginning with early childhood trauma.
Client Experience Utilizing Equilateral EMDR
“John” is a senior in high school who has suffered from chronic anxiety, PTSD, and behavioral problems since he was a young child. He finds it difficult to go to school in the morning and misses school frequently. He often feels isolated, finding it difficult to relate to his peers. John had experienced abuse, physically and emotionally, and witnessed things growing up in an abusive environment that he feels most kids his age could never imagine.
During the counseling session  John was asked to focus on what concerned him at the present time, which was stigma associated with a mental health diagnosis.  When asked what feelings he felt currently about this concern and the thoughts he has about them, he described his frustration, however was happy with the way he handles this since beginning therapy with us.  This information was used to install a positive resource (a coping skill).  Lauren, one of our mules we use for therapy, was utilized to help install the resource.  John was able to practice using this resource at the end of his session and was encouraged to use it throughout the week.
This was a very successful session that helped our client learn how to process stressful situations differently and learn a new coping skill. This session, in addition to many others in which we utilize the mules, demonstrated how Equilateral EMDR is a great approach in helping clients with trauma develop coping skills and resources to help them deal with daily stress.