Public awareness of the devastating effects of childhood trauma and abuse has increased over recent years and the veil of silence that had clouded such experiences is steadily lifting. This enables a greater number of adults to come forward to seek help for their past childhood abuse experiences. While services have focused on increasing the number of EMDR psychotherapists able to work with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), helping clients recover from the effects of complex childhood abuse trauma demands a different approach and additional skill sets and expertise from EMDR therapists. EMDR training teaches the use of a protocol for complex trauma, but it is too brief to be able to teach the additional expertise and skill requirements demanded from a therapist to facilitate recovery and positive growth in adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Novice EMDR therapists who do not understand the complexity underlying this work, may easily feel overwhelmed and out of their depth when confronted with such client presentations. This symposium contribution highlights important therapist factors required to enable EMDR psychotherapists to work with childhood abuse trauma within an underlying positive growth approach.
Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Consultant, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Registered Schema Therapist, Accredited Supervisor in Applied Psychology and BPS Associate Member, is Founding Director of the Oxford Development Centre Ltd, incorporating the Centre for Trauma Healing and Positive Growth. She is an internationally recognised trauma specialist, presenting at conferences worldwide. Claudia combines scientific Western understanding with Eastern holistic and spiritual healing including Mindfulness. She is regularly consulted by the media, is widely published including three books on trauma as well as being editor of self-help books for adolescents and a member of The JB&CP editorial board.