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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 827187, 4 pages
Case Report

EMDR in Competition with Fate: A Case Study in a Chinese Woman with Multiple Traumas

Clinical Psychological Unit 3, Social Welfare Department, 14/F. Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Received 30 September 2011; Accepted 19 October 2011

Academic Editors: D. De Leo and S. Shimodera

Copyright © 2012 Maggie Wai-Ling Poon. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper described the application of eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) for addressing the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in a Chinese woman who had experienced multiple traumas in her childhood. EMDR is an integrative therapeutic intervention that uses a standardized eight-phase approach to treatment. It is also a proven, effective, and efficient treatment for trauma. In this client with multiple traumas, the etiological event that lay the foundation of her dysfunctional responses was reprocessed first. The successful resolution of this event allowed the positive treatment effects to transfer to other traumatic events of a similar theme. This case also illustrates the importance of identifying a culturally appropriate positive cognition (PC) in contributing to the success of the treatment.