In a financial climate that includes record unemployment and massive changes in industries across the board, many people are experiencing challenges in their careers. In some cases, their career paths have disappeared! This may feel impossible to accept. It may be even harder to move on.
Regardless, it’s time to seek help. But where do you look for the healing you need?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) may just be the answer to your questions. It’s a unique form of psychotherapy that often begins to get results for patients in just a few sessions.
EMDR: Proven Support with Fast Results
Extensive controlled research studies on EMDR have been done. The results point to this therapy being very positive and very quick — garnering results in as little three sessions. Some specifics:
- In post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, five 50-minute sessions have resulted in 77 percent remission for those with multiple traumas and complete remission for patients with single-incident trauma
- When treating combat veterans with EMDR, 77 percent of them reported full PTSD remission after 12 sessions
- For roughly 90 percent of people suffering from a single traumatic incident, three 90-minute sessions brought them to a point where they no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis
Of course, each case is different but such results are promising for those dealing with the loss of a job, career, and financial stability.
How EMDR Can Help You Accept Job Loss & Move On
With some 15 percent of American adults being laid off or let go in our post-pandemic world, it is essential to find ways to accept what is and move on. Here are just a few of the benefits EMDR offers toward that end:
Processing the Shock
Your working life may be something you take for granted. Once it’s gone, you can then recognize the profound impact a job can have on your life. A lost job may also mean losing:
- Emotional and financial security
- A sense of purpose
- A connection to co-workers and friends
- The feeling of accomplishment
- Access to health care and other benefits
- A familiar and comfortable routine
Each of these and other disruptions can cause incredible pain, suffering, and even trauma. EMDR is a proven path for treating the shock and aftermath of job loss.
Clearing Negative Self-Image
Going to work, earning money, and supporting yourself (and your family) is much more than “having a job.” For many folks, it is a form of identity. If that identity is challenged, your self-image is also challenged. EMDR addresses this self-esteem crisis. It does so while also replacing the negative images with positive perspectives.
Establishing and Reinforcing Positive Perspectives About the Present and Future
Speaking of positive perspectives, here is where EMDR really shines. The inevitable negative emotions connected to job loss can keep you mired in the past — replaying the scenario over and over. With the help of your EMDR therapist, you can re-focus your energy on living in the present. From that vantage point, it becomes much easier to plan for and create a positive future.
Moving on From Career Loss
No one should expect you to just “move on” from any kind of loss — including a career. You are not an automaton. There are feelings to be felt and needs to be tended to. This is a tall order for anyone. Reaching out to a therapist makes sense.
It’s how you can learn more about your situation and your ability to navigate it. In addition, it is how you can decide if Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing sounds right for you. A brief consultation call about EMDR can be the first step in experiencing fast and sustainable recovery. Please reach out when you’re ready, I’m here to help.