Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime. Sometimes it is necessary to seek the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist in order to heal from trauma.
Research has proven therapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment for trauma and post traumatic stress. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy method that uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.
EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas, or childhood abuse and/or neglect.
What does EMDR help?
EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in other conditions.
My practice utilizes EMDR for the treatment of the following:
- Panic attacks
- Complicated grief
-Traumatic memories (including physical, emotional or sexual abuse)
-Recent Events (car accident, natural disaster, assault)
-Distress related to Systemic Oppression or (racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, misogyny, antisemitism, sexism, etc.)
None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?
You may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy. Contact me today for a free phone consultation to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.