We repeat what we don’t repair
You have a gut feeling, or a headache, or some kind of anxious feeling that just won’t go away. You often have this picture in your head that keeps popping up, but it doesn’t make sense to you. Or, you have flashbacks to an event that is constantly making you feel on edge or anxious. The thoughts may not be there all the time, but it’s hard to get rid of them. You could have experienced one significant event that effected you this way, or it could have been an ongoing trauma that you just can’t get out of your head. EMDR will help you heal and get rid of these thoughts and body sensations that are making you feel uneasy.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience quicker relief of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. For more information check out www.EMDR.com
How does EMDR work?
EMDR uses bi-lateral stimulation (meaning both side of the brain) through guided eye movements, tapping, or sounds through headphones. It seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so 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. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. Sited from EMDRIA.org
Some of the issues people seek out EMDR for are:
Panic Attacks, Complicated Grief, Dissociative Disorders, Disturbing Memories
Phobias, Pain Disorders, Performance Anxiety, Depression, Stress Reduction, Addictions
Sexual and/or Physical Abuse, Body Dysmorphic Disorders, Personality Disorders
How long does EMDR take? What does it involve?
The length of the EMDR therapy is dependent upon what a person is addressing. The more complex issues, the more sessions it might require. Each session is 50-80 minutes, which is determined by the client and therapist together. The first few sessions are dedicated to history taking and gaining resources and skills to proceed with the treatment. After that we move into processing the issues we identified.
You can feel better and have healthy relationships. I can help you get to a place where you no longer have flashbacks, panic attacks, or are always on edge.