Trauma Therapy/EMDR In Westlake Village, California

What is Trauma?

Many people experience trauma in their lives, and then struggle to function or complete everyday tasks because these traumas have been unresolved. There are both “Big T” traumas and “little t” traumas. Big T traumas are things like surviving a major natural disaster, car accident, domestic violence, rape, returning veterans from war, divorce or death of a loved one, along with many other significant events. Little T traumas are things like starting back at school, argument with a friend or family member, moving residences, or birth/adoption of a child.

The smaller traumas get to be more stressful when things start to pile up or you just don’t have the resources to successfully navigate through one of those experiences. The bigger traumas begin to get in the way when either something small triggers a response stemming from the Big T trauma, or you have never fully dealt with that trauma.

Have you ever heard about EMDR?

 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information.

Following a successful EMDR session a person no longer relives the images, sounds and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting, and seems like a more distant memory.

What happens during EMDR?

During EMDR the Therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of treatment. The client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event. The therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain, while the client focuses on the disturbing material, and the client just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content.

Does EMDR work the same for everyone?

Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one’s self; for example, “I did the best I could.” During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.

Is EMDR only for Trauma related issues?

Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Panic Attacks
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Eating Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Stress Reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Pain Disorders

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Norine Vander Hooven is located at 650 Hampshire Rd, Suite 200, Westlake Village, Ca 91361. Please feel free to contact me at 805-244-6689 for a free phone consultation.

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