O’Shea Brown and I used a therapulse while I worked through my memories, starting slowly to build up to more traumatic thoughts. Before and after EMDR she asked me to rate, from one to 10, how distressing my main negative belief was from the trauma we discussed. With each session the numbers got lower, and I felt encouraged to go further. It was like shining a flashlight into a dark closet to find that the monsters I placed there were no longer present, and therefore not threatening to me. When COVID-19 hit and in-person therapy abruptly ended, we decided to continue with virtual EMDR (vEMDR). I was soon to discover that COVID-19 presented more than a few challenges for both therapist and client.
The spread of the virus and the isolation that followed has created mental health issues nationwide. For people with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, or C-PTSD (the experience of multiple and/or prolonged traumatic events rather than a single incident event), the pandemic had the power to heighten the risk of re-traumatization and exacerbate symptoms. “The abrupt loss of social norms has the potential to activate hypervigilance in many trauma survivors, while also creating a large-scale sense of uncertainty that is characteristic of a global pandemic,” O’Shea Brown explained. I could relate: All of the major pillars of my life began to come apart at the same time. My mother got out of a rehab facility from a fractured pelvis only a few weeks before COVID-19 hit, and the last time I saw her she was in a hospital bed. Then my mother-in-law passed away. My husband retired from a 20-year career as a homicide detective the first week of March and we went for a short visit to Tennessee to be with his father. Suddenly a few days trip became a six-month quarantine, followed by a move out of New York City and to the South. My oldest sister passed away in the summer and I didn’t have a chance to see her or to say goodbye. I needed to cling to the positive aspects of my old life, so EMDR therapy felt more essential than ever.
Since its inception, EMDR has been understood by both therapists and clients as a powerful vehicle for processing traumatic experiences, but only when the client has achieved stabilization. “Changes to treatment which ordinarily would be carefully cocreated and discussed over weeks or months were hastily made as this large-scale crisis began unfolding precipitously,” O’Shea Brown reflected. “Teletherapy is one potential alternative to in-person sessions; however, teletherapy is a privilege reserved only for those who can afford a phone, stable internet connection, and/or a laptop, as well as a place of solitude where they can confidentially and safely process their emotions.” For me, finding a place of solitude became nearly impossible while quarantined in a home for two that now housed four people and two dogs. Technological difficulties made things even more frustrating. Trying to talk about traumatic events when my dogs were barking, people were talking right outside my door, and the EMDR app on my phone was glitchy only heightened my anxiety. On one occasion, I was processing a charged memory when I saw the meter man right outside my window. I felt exposed. I missed the in-person sessions I had with my therapist. It can be difficult to focus without the safe protective cocoon of the therapy office.
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