28 April 2023

EMDR for childhood abuse - a vignette

As a psychiatrist specializing in online EMDR therapy, I have the privilege of helping many successful individuals work through a variety of emotional and personal challenges. One client in particular, Sarah, a stay-at-home mother, stands out to me as a testament to the transformative power of EMDR.

Sarah came to me seeking help to work through the lingering effects of childhood abuse, which were impacting her relationships with her husband and children. She was feeling overwhelmed and helpless, struggling to find a sense of stability and security in her life. Despite her privileged upbringing and successful marriage, she was plagued by feelings of worthlessness and self-doubt.

During our initial session, I learned about Sarah's background and the various traumas she had experienced in her childhood. Despite her tough exterior, she was still carrying the weight of the abuse and was in need of a safe and supportive environment to work through these issues.

I recommended EMDR therapy as a way for Sarah to process the trauma of her childhood and to regain a sense of control over her life. She was initially hesitant, but was willing to give it a try. Over the course of several weeks, we worked through the traumatic events using EMDR techniques.

Sarah reported that she was feeling more empowered and in control of her life. She was sleeping better, felt more connected to those around her, and was experiencing a renewed sense of self-worth. She was also able to improve her relationships with her husband and children, and was feeling more fulfilled in her role as a mother and wife.

While Sarah's journey was not without its challenges, she was able to make tremendous progress with the help of EMDR therapy. She was a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of therapy.

As a psychiatrist, it's an honor to be able to help individuals like Sarah work through their emotional challenges and to see the positive changes that occur as a result of therapy. I am confident that with the right support, anyone can overcome their obstacles and lead a fulfilling life. While EMDR may not be a "quick fix," it can provide individuals with the tools and resources they need to work through their traumas and to achieve a more stable and fulfilling life.

Let's have a chat to see what I can do for you.

Michiel Bosman MD


The goal of this vignette is to illustrate the potential benefits of EMDR therapy and to show how it can help individuals overcome a wide range of challenges, both in the treatment setting and in their private or work life. The client's background and experience with EMDR are not a representation of any real person, but rather an imaginative composite of various experiences I have had with clients over the years.​

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