“TRAUMA ISN'T WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, IT'S WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE YOU.”
Trauma & EMDR
Traumatizing experiences shake the foundations of our beliefs about safety, and shatter our assumptions of trust. Because they are so far outside what we would expect, these events provoke reactions that feel strange and "crazy". Perhaps the Even though these reactions are unusual and disturbing, they are by and large normal responses to abnormal events.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful new psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and to treat, often taking extensive time and effort. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.
EMDR is an effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as proved by extensive scientific research studies. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye-movement patterns of EMDR, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state are achieved.
How does it work?
The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. The therapist then holds two fingers about eighteen inches from the clients face and begins to move them back and forth. The client tracks the movements as if watching ping pong. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful and resolved feelings.
How do I know if EMDR is right for me?
There are a number of factors to consider when evaluating the appropriateness of EMDR therapy for a client’s particular situation and history. During the initial consultation with a trained EMDR therapist, all the relevant factors will be discussed in full to help you both come to a decision to move forward with EMDR.