If you are experiencing the symptoms of post-trauma such as fears/phobias, sleep disturbances, anxiety, anger, guilt, flashbacks, chronic pain or depression EMDR therapy may be the therapy for you.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy used to treat symptoms such as anxiety, guilt, anger, depression, panic, chronic pain, sleep disturbance, and flashbacks that are the result of traumatic experiences. Not only has EMDR therapy been proven effective in reducing the chronic symptoms which follow trauma, the therapy benefits appear to be permanent. EMDR is now the most researched treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Browse EMDR research here
How does EMDR work?
It is known that the brain has a natural mechanism for processing disturbing events, however, when a traumatic experience is overwhelming the brain may not be able to process it in the usual way. That is why people who have experienced Trauma often find themselves stuck in disturbing memories long after the traumatic event. Research suggests that an important part of the natural trauma processing happens during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which provides alternating stimulation of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. In an EMDR session, we use specific questioning and eye movements and/or tapping to stimulate the right and left hemispheres of the brain, like that of REM sleep. By doing so, EMDR therapy seems to jump-start the brain's natural healing ability, allowing the traumatic memory to become less and less disturbing.
When is EMDR appropriate?
There are two types of trauma, big "T" trauma and little "t" trauma. Big "T" traumas are the major horrific events, like motor vehicle accidents, combat, rape, or the loss of a child. Little "t" traumas are the smaller everyday chronic horrors, like daily negative messages from others leading a person to grow up believing they will never be good enough. EMDR can help heal both types of trauma. It is important to understand that EMDR therapy can temporarily be a very intense emotional experience. For this reason, we will take a thorough history to determine if and how EMDR can be used as part of an overall treatment plan for you.
To determine if EMDR therapy is a good fit for you, book a 15-minute phone consultation, free of charge.
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