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  • Scared

    I appreciate the suggestion. I’ve heard good things about EMDR but had forgotten about it.

    My only concern, as with any therapy, is that if I open up a place for these things to come back to the surface, I’m terrified that instead of being something that haunts me a few times a year, the trauma will be just here with me, raw and out in the open for long periods, outside of my sessions with the therapist. I don’t know how or if I could live like that, going to work, trying to be useful in any way. I know sometimes it has to get worse before it gets better, but that’s workable only up to a point. Does it seem like this method provides a safe way to address that? And thank you.

    August 11, 2014
    • Yes, I think it does. Get the names of a few practitioners wherever you live and meet them first. Tell them your concerns. See how you feel about their answer.

      Also, you’re a good writer. Keep writing.

      August 11, 2014
  • Scared

    Thank you Dulcie. Writing is funny isn’t it? I can’t tell if I write because I have things come up or if things come up because I write but in either case, it’s the best place I know to carry it all and I’ll keep it going.

    I’ve made the phone calls to get started with EMDR and discovered happily that my insurance covers up to a session a week, what a blessing. I’m sure my writing journal is about to explode with some unexpected new things. Proceeding with gentleness…

    August 12, 2014
  • Scared

    Dear Dulcie, I know you’ve stopped “Dear Dulcie-ing” a long time ago, but I just wanted to let you know that not only was the therapy you suggested incredibly freeing but that I went on to write an essay about all of this that was published in a beautiful print journal that caught the attention of a literary agent who wants to represent me. (This sentence is beginning to remind me of that old Mother Goose rhyme about the house that Jack built, but the here’s a good short one: thank you!)

    February 19, 2017
    • Dear “Scared” – I put Scared in quotes because it is clear that this is not where you are at now. What a joy to get your note. “Dear Dulcie” was a wonderful time for me and you are the reason why. I really can’t think of anything that is more fulfilling and more fun than to just let my thoughts, my intuition come tumbling out in response to you saying “hey, this is a problem for me. You got any good ideas about what I could do about it?” And then to find out that it was helpful! And then, as though that wasn’t enough, to find out that you went on to write your own story of it and send it out into the world where it can be read by others. It does not get better than that. Thank you so much for this gift. And let me know if you would be into me reading your essay because I would surely love to see what came of it. Write on. Signed, Dear Dulcie

      February 19, 2017

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