Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional beliefs that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true?
If so, you may find relief from EMDR therapy. EMDR can be effective for many people who experience overwhelming anxiety due to unresolved trauma. It offers a shorter-term therapy process than traditional talk therapy. I believe you can gain insight, and learn new skills when you can get to the root of your issues.
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization as an effective treatment for trauma. Trauma is defined as any event that disrupts our sense of security and stability and encompasses many different experiences in our lives. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that uses bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate different sides of the brain to allow for adaptive processing to occur. The eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is when our brain strengthens neuronal connections. EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that more adaptive information processing is resumed, so it is rewiring the nervous system. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of the trauma(s). For a more detailed explanation of EMDR, please visit https://www.emdria.org/.
What does EMDR help?
EMDR was originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it is an effective treatment for the following conditions:
- Panic Attacks
- Complicated Grief
- Disturbing Memories
- Chronic Pain
- Performance Anxiety
- Stress Reduction
- Childhood Abuse/Neglect
- Medical Trauma
Contact me today to discuss if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.