Do you ever feel ‘stuck’ by something traumatic that’s happened to you? Maybe you’ve accepted the event as part of your past, but still get sick to your stomach or feel your heart race whenever you are around certain triggers? If so, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) may be able to help you. EMDR was designed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro. Since then, EMDR has been proven by many controlled studies to help manage distressing memories. It has even been approved by the American Psychiatric Association as an effective method of treatment for those suffering with PTSD. EMDR works by helping you process and desensitize negative personal beliefs as a result of trauma while also installing positive personal beliefs. This process puts you in control of your memories and leaves you feeling like a powerful survivor, no longer at the mercy of what happened in your past. Sounds great, right? Well before you begin EMDR treatment, here are a few things you should know:
- EMDR looks very different from an average counseling session. In fact, there is minimal talking! EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, with simultaneous focus on the distressing event, to help you process your trauma. Bilateral stimulation can involve eye movements, tappers in your hand that vibrate from left to right, or headphones that alternate a beeping noise from left to right. We use bilateral stimulation to assist your brain in processing the trauma in a different way, a way that puts you back in control of your memories.
- EMDR works quickly! It is a widely held belief that it can take a great amount of time to heal from a traumatic event. However, with EMDR, this isn’t the case. Many times, clients can begin feeling relief after just a few sessions.
- EMDR can be stressful. It can be very distressing to sit with the trauma for an hour at a time. However, a good EMDR clinician will NEVER let you leave an EMDR session without feeling like the distressing event is contained. This means that even though you may be processing difficult things in therapy, you won’t be overly distressed about them outside of sessions.
- EMDR does not work for everyone. Sometimes people use a common defense mechanism of dissociating from past trauma. Those who dissociate often have a harder time with EMDR because of the level of focusing on the trauma it takes. However, even in these situations, EMDR teaches you several calming techniques you can use daily that will be beneficial to you.
- EMDR can sometimes cause emotional releases after a session. Sometimes this comes in the form of headaches or anxious feelings. I will work with you on how to learn what to expect from your session and how to manage these releases.
There are just some of the facts about EMDR. For more information, I encourage you to check out www.emdr.com or feel free to call me with questions, I’m happy to help! It is my personal philosophy to take EMDR slowly and allow you to feel comfortable with every step of the process. I won’t take you where you aren’t ready to go and I’ll make sure you feel safe and secure at the end of each session. I will be your guide as you break free from your past, once and for all. Call today, I am happy to answer any questions you may have and get an appointment set up for you. Change can happen!
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