EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This form of therapy helps people heal from trauma and other distressing life experiences (EMDRIA, 2020). EMDR is designed to help individuals process negative experiences by guiding you with changing how your mind and body respond to stress. Treatment involves dual attention stimulation (also called bilateral stimulation), by using tapping, audio, and eye movement, in reshaping how you process disturbing events.
Here are different types of trauma that people experience:
First, acute trauma develops from a single incident, like a car accident or having an emergency birth experience, for example. Secondly, chronic trauma, is trauma that occurs over an extended period of time. An example of this type of trauma would be abuse. Thirdly, complex trauma happens when someone is exposed to different types of traumatic events a multiple number of times. An example of complex trauma could be if someone faced the death of a loved one, natural disaster, and assault in their lifetime. There is also secondary trauma. This occurs when someone is indirectly exposed to trauma from narrative descriptions of disturbing situations. People experience trauma in their own way, and may not think of a negative event in their lives as such, as a way to cope, or try to manage their emotions around a past circumstance. Trauma can be difficult to overcome, but it can be treated.
Many of us do not go through this life without going through something that is personally hard to deal with. Whenever you think about an experience that was distressing or traumatic, it is common to feel the same emotions and discomfort at the level of intensity that you did when the event occurred. This is because trauma keeps your brain in a loop of what happened, and your mind does not process the event as a past occurrence, but rather as an event that continues to transpire whenever it comes up in your memory. EMDR helps your brain to process the event, so your mind can store the memory as something that happened in the past. Then, when you think of the distressing experience, you do not feel the way you did when it happened.
Some of what EMDR Therapy is useful for, includes assistance with:
Improving emotional responses to stress triggers & trauma reminders
Grief & loss
Strengthening emotional resilience and health
EMDR can also help you heal from:
Childhood & adult abuse
Typical sessions for EMDR take approximately 60-90 minutes. We will work together in helping you shift your thoughts, so that your past memories will be less impairing, and won’t keep you from functioning the way you need to on a day-to-day basis. As a telehealth provider, I incorporate the use of technology with EMDR practice, making this therapeutic intervention more accessible. Prior to your scheduled appointment, you will receive the information needed for you to be ready for your therapy sessions. You will be carefully guided through this process, and therapy will go at your pace.
Positive Outcomes of EMDR Therapy:
Greater capacity to engage in social situations
Feel less inhibited
Effectively work through fears
Enhance your leadership skills
Higher level of comfort in being assertive
Improve emotional responses to distress
Increase ability to cope in a healthy manner