EMDR Therapy is a powerful and effective short-term treatment method used to treat unresolved trauma and a number of other issues that might have been resistant to other types of therapy.
If you’ve watched any videos of EMDR therapy in action, you might think it’s a sort of hypnosis. It might look the same, but EMDR is quite different from hypnosis.
During an EMDR therapy session, the you are awake and alert with no loss of control . Healing happens much faster with EMDR therapy than with hypnotherapy.
If not processed correctly, trauma can cause ripple effects that become disruptive to a person’s well-being While the initial effects of trauma cause shock and disruption, the long term effects can be even more damaging as the ripples extend outward affecting multiple areas of a person’s life.
Similar to hypnosis, EMDR therapy appears to work with the unconscious mind, bringing into consciousness the repressed thoughts and feelings that must be brought up again in and processed in a different way for the brain to recognize that the past trauma is no longer a threat.
EMDR has been found to effectively treat a number of issues including, but not limited to:
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When we start EMDR therapy together, I’ll make sure we’re focusing on the issue(s) that are at the root of your discomfort. It’s important that I understand your unique situation and the specific ways your traumatic memories are affecting you.
As your EMDR therapist, I will work with you to gently guiding you to revisit the traumatic incident. When the memory is brought to mind, the feelings are re-experienced in a new way.
Through a series of sessions, you will start to have a different experiencing of your traumatic memories. You’ll notice that they don’t have the same affect on you as they once did–almost like they’re losing their power. It’s feeling of relief and peace that offers hope for a future free of the intense pain you used to feel.
I’ve used EMDR therapy to treat so many types of peoples with varying issues and struggles over the years; first responders, active duty military & veterans, victims of assault and crime, people who wanted to overcome childhood trauma or past relationship pains are a few that come to mind.
Although everyone’s situation is different, EMDR therapy continually proves to be a safe and effective way to treat the effects of trauma in a short period of time. You may start to notice an improvement after the first couple of sessions.
The Science Behind EMDR Therapy
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is an evidence-based method of psychotherapy guided by the adaptive information processing model–the theory that trauma is stored and stuck in the brains neural network. Any memory of a traumatic event, conscious or subconscious, causes you to connect to the negative feelings and thoughts associated with it.
EMDR therapy is a non-traditional approach that identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity, and have caused traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies. Through EMDR therapy, you are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive.
Through the EMDR therapy, you will to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. This often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long held negative thoughts about the self. For example, an assault victim may come to realize that he was not to blame for what happened, that the event is really over, and, as a result he can regain a general sense of safety in his world
Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms.
The Benefits of EMDR Therapy
When disturbing experiences happen, they are stored in the brain with all the sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings that accompany it. When a person is very upset, the brain seems to be unable to process the experience as it would normally. Therefore, the negative thoughts and feelings of the traumatic event are “trapped” in the nervous system. Since the brain cannot process these emotions, the experience and/or it’s accompanying feelings are often suppressed from consciousness. However, the distress lives on in the nervous system where it causes disturbances in the emotional functioning of the person.
The EMDR Therapy Technique does two very important things. First, it “unlocks” the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system, and second, it helps the brain to successfully process the experience.
EMDR makes it possible to gain the self-knowledge and perspective that enables you to choose your actions, rather than feeling powerless over your re-actions. This process can be complex if there are many experiences connected to the negative feelings. The EMDR therapy sessions continue until the traumatic memories and emotions are relieved.
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