What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a proven method for help you overcome trauma and other related conditions. EMDR involves a set of standardized steps that bring in a variety of elements from an array of different treatments and approaches.
Traumatic events can have a powerful impact on your life. Sometimes it’s hard to deal with what happened, and the result is you lose your self-esteem, your happiness, and your confidence. Chances are, you have difficulty forming healthy relationships with those around you, and you just don’t know who to trust anymore. But you want to do something about it.
I understand that what has happened to you seems to follow you, and you feel like you cannot live a normal life. You may feel vulnerable, unworthy, like life shouldn’t be good for you. You feel damaged and tainted. It doesn’t have to be like that.
Is EMDR an Effective Form of Therapy?
EMDR is the most well-researched method that has ever been utilized in the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress. There are many controlled studies on EMDR over any other method of therapy that consistently show that this form of therapy effectively eliminates or at least decreases your symptoms.
Many clients who undergo EMDR report improvement in other symptoms such as stress and anxiety. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and the United Kingdom Department of Health have all found EMDR to be a highly efficient and rapid treatment for trauma and a variety of associated issues.
Problems That Can Be Treated with EMDR Therapy
- Childhood trauma
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Post-traumatic stress
- Overwhelming fears
- Injury or loss of a loved one
- Recovery from a car accident
- Panic attacks
- Trauma from a natural disaster
- Low self-esteem
- Text anxiety
- Illness or injury
- Performance anxiety
- Victim of a violent crime
- Witness to violence
How EMDR Can Work for You
EMDR makes therapy more efficient and can remove power from the event or incident that has triggered your trauma. It helps you to regain control and care for yourself and your nervous system.
When you experience an upsetting event, all the senses, the feelings, and the thoughts that accompany the situation are stored in your memory bank. In a highly emotional state, you brain can struggle to process the experience in a normal way. Those negative thoughts and feelings become trapped in your nervous system and create disturbances in your emotional functioning.
EMDR has a direct effect on how the brain processes information and can help with the proper processing of information around the event. After a successful EMDR session, you will find that you no longer relive the sounds, feelings, and images when your memory goes over the event. You will remember what happened, but with the freedom of no longer being impacted by the same level of distress and anxiety.