Do your memories act as an instant painful reminder of your past? Do you suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, or panic attacks? Are you having trouble moving on and finding peace after ending a relationship? Are you overwhelmed by negative self-beliefs? Do you just generally feeling stuck in life? Do you find yourself stuck on a issue or event that happened a long time ago and feel as though you should be ‘over it’?
EMDR - Trauma Therapy
Often times clients that come in seeking help are not aware of EMDR. Some clients want to try EMDR because other forms of therapy have failed to help them really get to where they want to go. With EMDR, I can help you feel a deeper shift in your therapy journey than what can typically be accomplished through talk therapy. EMDR can change negative beliefs that keep you feeling hopeless and stuck.
What is EMDR?
During trauma or a stressful event, the brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. The traumatic event gets "frozen in time" and remembering the trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time. The images, sounds, smells, and feelings have not changed and become a trigger for this event to come back in the future. Continuously having these triggers and dealing with the negative feelings and beliefs associated with them can cause anxiety, depression and PTSD. These feelings can negatively impact the way a person experiences and see the world and can even change how they relate to other people.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a widely researched form of therapy on trauma and PTSD, and is continuously being researched for its diverse applications. EMDR has been studied for the direct effect its has on the way the brain re-processes information. After successfully completing an EMDR session, more healthy and adaptive thinking is resumed. This will help you feel a sense of relief from the event in your life that was previously distressing, as the images, sounds, and feelings from the event are no longer distressing or triggered. EMDR does not erase the memory, you still remember what happened, but it is described as though you have ‘taken out the trash’ of the negativity you felt around that issue/event. EMDR appears to be similar to what happens during REM sleep (rapid eye movement), using REM to assist us to target and process the event we want to while awake.
What Kind of Problems Does EMDR Treat?
Post traumatic stress
Grief / loss of a loved one
Abandonment of a parent
Unmet childhood needs
Physical, emotional & sexual abuse