EMDR & Trauma/PTSD Recovery
Ever been curious about whether really bad experiences in the past might be causing pain & distraction in the present? When we experience moments when we truly believe we are about to die (AKA “traumatic events”), our nervous system & bodies store these memories in ways that helped us survive in that moment but now might be stuck & causing us to feel like the “traumatic event” is happening over & over again even when it’s not. This “stuckness” is the root of what causes PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) that can in turn cause symptoms of depression & anxiety. Someone can go years & years without realizing that the cause of their emotional suffering & mental health conditions is directly caused by a “traumatic event” of the past, & this is where psychotherapy can be incredibly helpful, especially using techniques such as EMDR.
To treatment trauma in my therapy work, I frequently use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). EMDR is a clinically proven method for decreasing trauma responses such as nightmares, feeling distracted by disturbing memories, & feeling like a near-death experience is happening over again like a movie when it’s really not. Developed by Francine Shapiro, EMDR incorporates rapid eye movements (similar to REM sleep but in waking life) in conjunction with developing new grounding techniques & positive affirmations to change how we view safety to allow more serenity in the body and sustained concentration in the mind. For a more detailed explanation of EMDR's 8 Phase Model, please visit: http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/. To learn about how we might work together with EMDR, please contact me personally with any questions.