EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION & REPROCESSING
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a nontraditional type of psychotherapy. It's growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-based issues.
What is trauma?
Dr. Peter Levine, “Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering”. He adds that trauma is, “anything that is too much or comes to fast”.
Bessel van der Kolk describes emotional trauma as “anything that overwhelms the body’s ability to cope.”
Trauma is not merely about being stuck in a singular event or occurrence but refers more to our systemic reaction to that experience. And the damaging mindset that follows.
And because trauma is so uniquely interpreted by its victim, it is also reacted to differently. And that reaction and personal interpretation is how trauma is formed and becomes a catalyst to negative and life-altering behavior.
Trauma is about the loss of connection: loss of connection to our family, loss of connection to our friends, loss of connection to our environment and surroundings, and the most devastating loss is the feeling of loss of ourselves and our souls.
What to Expect
There are many ways that EMDR can be administered from hand-eye movement between you and your therapist, to music tones and even EMDR "buzzers."
People who use the technique argue that EMDR can weaken the effect of negative emotions. Before and after each EMDR treatment, your therapist will ask you to rate your level of distress. The hope is that your disturbing memories will become less disabling and allow you to heal passed the traumatic events and mindset.
Although most research into EMDR has examined its use in people with PTSD, EMDR is sometimes used to treat many other psychological problems. Such as:
Anxiety, such as discomfort with public speaking or dental procedures
We work directly with our clients to ensure they are comfortable and receiving the therapy they need to feel safe & secure. This helps to create a place of trust and understanding. We will create a treatment plan with you and get you on the path to happiness and self-assuredness.