Do You Feel Stuck In Trauma? EMDR Can Help
Living with the effects of trauma or prolonged abuse can make you feel like your past is holding you back from your potential. You may feel afraid each day, wondering if something during your day to day routine will trigger a traumatic memory—or that you will relive the trauma all over again. Nightmares or relentless flashbacks may lead you to poor sleep patterns. The devastating symptoms associated with trauma and abuse can make you feel alone in your struggle. Perhaps you have tried other forms of therapy and medication with few positive results.
Understanding EMDR Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy used to resolve symptoms triggered by traumatic experiences. The approach was formed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, a psychologist in Palo Alto in 1987. EMDR therapy was created to resolve trauma-related disorders resulting from distressing events, such as sexual assaults or military combat.
EMDR is a combination of several bilateral stimulations of the brain. It combines eye movements, bilateral sounds, visualized images and body sensations to stimulate optical nerves.
EMDR therapy reduces the symptoms created by trauma. It creates new connections in the brain between distressing events and new, more positive information. EMDR therapy entails reprocessing the disturbing memories by feeling them more fully in a safe environment. As a result symptoms are reduced and traumatic memories are desensitized.
Based on the evidence of the American Psychiatric Association and The Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense, EMDR is the most effective support in the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy has been proven to be effective on different types of mental health diagnoses, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
EMDR Therapy Can Help You Process Trauma And Regain Control Of Your Life
If you feel stuck with negative or traumatic emotions you’re likely in one of two situations that EMDR therapy can help resolve. You may be directly affected by experiences from your past. Or, you may feel perpetually upset and react “as if” something could happen to you, when it has not and will not. Any experience that continues to elicit a negative experience is traumatic. Not all traumatic experiences are horrifying or tragic, but they still must be cleared from the your mind and body in order to move on.
EMDR therapy, whether used in a therapeutic, pain management or performance improvement format, is a standalone innovative approach that is fast, safe and effective. EMDR psychotherapeutic technology can quickly remove trauma and its resulting consequences. Through this therapy, it is possible for you to finally move on with your life. In fact, dramatic shifts can be seen in as little as one session.
At Personal Growth Counseling, our extensive knowledge of trauma treatment, including specialties like EMDR therapy, is unrivaled in our community.
You Can Find Relief Through EMDR Therapy
If you struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety or physical pain and would like to learn more about EMDR, we invite you to call us for a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your needs and how EMDR therapy can help you move forward in your life.