Do you struggle with flashbacks, nightmares, or anxiety?
Do you feel stuck in negative patterns of thinking or behavior?
Do you find it hard to cope with difficult emotions or move on from a traumatic experience?
If you're experiencing these symptoms, you're not alone.
According to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), "Trauma can come from a single event, such as a car accident or natural disaster, or from ongoing exposure to abuse or neglect."
It's estimated that 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at some point in their lives.
Trauma Can Affect Your Mental and Physical Health
Trauma can have a profound impact on your mental and physical health.
It can cause an array of symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It can also contribute to physical health issues such as chronic pain, migraines, sleep complications, fatigue, sweats, chills, and headaches, to name a few symptoms.
Traditional Therapy May Not Be Enough
While traditional talk therapy can be helpful for managing the aftermath of trauma, it may not be enough to fully resolve the impact of a traumatic event.
EMDR therapy accesses and processes traumatic memories, and other adverse life experiences, it helps create an adaptive resolution and it allows a new framework of thinking to arise.
This is where EMDR therapy can be a powerful tool for healing and recovery.
EMDR Therapy Can Help You Process and Heal Trauma… Here’s How:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of therapy that helps individuals process and heal from trauma. This method does not require you to “relive” the events.
It involves the use of bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, tapping, and bi-lateral tapper devices, to help the brain process and integrate traumatic memories.
EMDR therapy(as quoted by https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/)
uses a three pronged protocol: (1) the past events that have laid the groundwork for dysfunction are processed, forging new associative links with adaptive information; (2) the current circumstances that elicit distress are targeted, and internal and external triggers are desensitized; (3) imaginal templates of future events are incorporated, to assist the client in acquiring the skills needed for adaptive functioning.
EMDR Therapy Is Supported by Research
EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and found to be effective in reducing the symptoms of trauma, including flashbacks, anxiety, and depression.
It has been recommended as a first-line treatment for PTSD by numerous organizations, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Empirical evidence shows that EMDR can help decrease up to 80% of negative symptoms occurring due to a psychological disorder.
EMDR Therapy Can Help You Move Forward
If you're ready to move forward and heal from the impact of trauma, EMDR therapy can be a powerful tool.
Many therapists, including myself, are trained in EMDR therapy and can help you work through and resolve the effects of trauma.
Don't hesitate to reach out for support.
Contact us today to learn more about how EMDR therapy can help you.