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hisandhers February 15th, 2010 08:57 AM

question regarding court cases & EMDR
Hi, I have had some one refered to me for EMDR however as she is a victim and the case is going to court would it be only right to wait until the court case is over?

My concern is that if I start EMDR with her it may affect the outcome of the trial if she has to take the stand.

Any opinions greatly appreciated

Sandra Paulsen February 18th, 2010 01:58 AM

Re: question regarding court cases & EMDR
I'd ask her attorney if s/he is okay if the patient improves. There is a myth that attorneys want their clients unhinged, but I think the good ones realize that an unraveled client doesn't make a terrific witness. But if the attorney is aware what the possible outcomes are, they may choose earlier depos or video depos, in case the client gets much better. In my experience, good attorneys say it's fine if the client gets better. And then they do, and they may a sound and believable witness because they can describe their injuries in an integrated and comprehensible way.

andmetoo February 18th, 2010 07:44 AM

Re: question regarding court cases & EMDR
Even if her lawyer prefers to defer the trauma work, it might be possible to assist your client's general well being and ability to cope in the stand by working her her to install resources and/or "safe place" work.

hisandhers February 18th, 2010 02:45 PM

Re: question regarding court cases & EMDR
Thank you Sandra very helpful.
As I am a counsellor I was going to give her some counselling sessions however installing a safe place in order for her to cope while giving evidence is a really good idea thanks andmetoo.

I am rather a newbie at EMDR after just finishing my third part at the end of last year.

hisandhers February 19th, 2010 07:01 AM

Re: question regarding court cases & EMDR
I have just been given this link that you may find useful

Sandra Paulsen February 20th, 2010 08:40 PM

Re: question regarding court cases & EMDR
That reminds me to say that the laws are not the same state to state and country to country and that's why its good to talk to the patient's attorney, who will know the relevant law.

buffyscrubs October 19th, 2010 03:44 AM

Re: question regarding court cases & EMDR
that's good thanks for sharing

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