Trauma and EMDR
What is Trauma?
Trauma is a life-altering event, or series of events, that is so shocking that it interferes with the brain’s ability to properly process and store memory.
Because the memory or memories are not appropriately stored, symptoms persist in the present – nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, and high levels of reactivity. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the diagnosis often given to those who suffer persistent effects of trauma; however, trauma effects can manifest through anxiety and depression as well.
What is EMDR, and how does it work?
The impacts of trauma are pre-cognitive. In the words of Bessel van der Kolk (2014), “the body keeps the score.” Why do we respond so viscerally to certain triggers, no matter how often we tell ourselves our responses are irrational? Because those responses are stored on a deep, neurological level – a level that is pre-rational. Conventional talk therapy can’t touch those responses.
Here’s a quick
video to explain
Those responses are not your fault – they were formed as adaptive measures to ensure your safety when you were threatened or traumatized. But the effects continue to impact your life. Body-oriented, comprehensive trauma therapy – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – is the way to address those traumas, reduce those responses, and massively improve your quality of life. We’ve seen it happen so many times, and we know it can happen for you. It is one of the most-researched and tested forms of therapy, and is one of the few approved evidence-based treatments used by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to treat PTSD.
EMDR can be used to address almost any mental health symptom – depression, anxiety, shame, or reactions to specific traumas.
I offer EMDR in 50-minute weekly sessions. I also offer EMDR intensives – 2 to 4 hours of EMDR processing. This kind of intensive work allows the processing of trauma and mental health symptoms to progress even more quickly. This approach takes much out of the client and the clinician, so it is only recommended to engage in an intensive once a month at most.
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