Have You Survived Something Frightening?
EMDR Therapy Can Help You Feel In Control Again.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, EMDR psychotherapy or EMDR Therapy, is an evidence based mental health treatment helpful for easing anxiety, depression, trauma,
The most frequent use of Emdr Therapy is as form of psychotherapy to help clients resolve and heal symptoms of trauma. It’s a form of treatment that incorporates elements of a few different psychotherapy modalities, combining them into an effective treatment method.
Traumatic experiences leave their mark on our bodies and minds. They can leave us struggling with bursts of emotion, like fear, embarrassment and anger. Or they can force us to relive terrible moments over and over. They can disrupt your sleep, or fill you slumber with nightmares.
These traumatic experiences are often single incidents that are life altering. But this is not always so. Some of us struggle with traumatic symptoms that were caused by a repeated event or life condition. Examples of this are: living with an alcoholic parent or spouse, child abuse or neglect and even bullying.
EMDR Helps Resolve Traumatic Symptoms That Stem From Experiences Like
- Natural Disasters
- Violent Crime
- Medical Procedures/ Surgeries
- Early Life Abuse and Neglect
And EMDR Therapy Helps For Other Problems Too.
EMDR therapy is not just a beneficial trauma treatment. It’s also proven to be quite helpful for a host of other symptoms and conditions. who have lived through trauma. It’s also used to treat different forms of anxiety, pain, migraine headaches
In the 1980’s, Francine Shapiro Ph.D developed EMDR therapy. Since its’ inception, research studies have consistently shown that EMDR effectively decreases or eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress. What’s more, EMDR therapy is effective for the majority of clients.
Both the The American Psychiatric Association and the Veterans Administration cite EMDR therapy as an effective PTSD treatment.
Help Healing After Traumatic Experience
How Does EMDR Therapy Work?
Going through a traumatic experience can affect you on many levels. It may leave you picturing the event over and over. Or, it may leave you feeling chronically anxious and worried. You might have trouble relaxing and be easily startled. You might feel on edge or moody and these reactions can tax your relationships with your loved ones.There are many ways that trauma may affect you.
But one way to think about what happens with trauma, is that because trauma overwhelms us, our brains and our nervous systems become stuck. Humans are resilient. Generally, we tend to heal from physical and emotional wounds. But when we have lived through something traumatizing, our emotional healing ability becomes hampered. The techniques used in EMDR therapy tap into your brains innate ability to heal,
Over 25 years ago, I began counseling clients. Early in my psychology career, I was working in outpatient mental health clinics, partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs. In these settings, I treated many patients who had survived traumatic experiences. While other psychotherapy approaches were helping them, I could see they needed something more. In 2000, I received training in EMDR, and have been using it to help clients heal the effects of trauma ever since.
Since the time I initially trained in EMDR therapy, I have continued my learning. Since I first learned EMDR therapy, I have obtained advanced training and professional certification for treating both developmental and major event trauma. Sadly, many trauma survivors suffer with complicated medical/health issues. Quite a few patients deal with chronic medical illness and pain. Because of this, my studies have branched off into advanced treatment topics. I’ve honed my practice by pursuing education in areas such as EMDR applications for treating chronic pain, and for treating headaches and migraine pain.
What’s An Actual EMDR Therapy Session Like?
Before we begin an EMDR therapy session, we will do an in depth assessment to help guide our work. I’ll gather a history from you, and we’ll talk about your life and relationships.
There are two important components to EMDR therapy. First, I’ll lead you in what we call EMDR resourcing. In this stage of the EMDR therapy process I guide you in doing simple back and forth eye movements combined with calming imagery and thoughts. We do this in order to help you rapidly develop the skill of a becoming calm and balanced.
In EMDR therapy we use “resourcing” in two main ways. We use it to help you gain immediate relief from distress. For example, the resourcing element of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing can help strengthen your bodies capacity to relax. It can help breed increased confidence and a sense of well being. Then later we also use it to help aid when we process memories and feelings.
The second major aspect of EMDR therapy is called “memory processing”. When we begin to work with EMDR, I will direct and guide you to bring certain thoughts, images or memories to mind. While you do this, we will reintroduce the same kind of gentle, rhythmic eye movements that we used before. This will help aid your brain in processing.
The eye movement aspect of the process can significantly speed up the process of therapy. It’s the eye movements that allow our brain and our nervous system to do the healing work they are capable of. While EMDR should never be thought of as “a quick fix”, many clients are amazed at how rapidly they are able to fully process a painful or upsetting memory.
EMDR Therapy Can Help You Move Forward- To Wellbeing
You might have some hesitations about EMDR therapy.
You might think that you can just move on with things; that you can just buck up and get over it. Well, after years of helping clients resolve trauma, I can tell you this: most people regret the time they wasted trying to avoid dealing with the painful and upsetting things they went through. Most people can only get so far on their own. Working with a skilled and experienced trauma treatment expert can be life changing.
You might be concerned that EMDR therapy will make you “confront” your worst moments in life. But, the truth is, I guide the pace of our work together so it is as comfortable for you as possible. The process of EMDR psychotherapy is often very comfortable for many patients. Clients regularly comment to me that they are surprised at how this work is easier than they thought it would be.
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