Heal from Trauma with EMDR
When talking is not enough to move through trauma, I offer couples and individuals an effective way to relieve trauma’s relentless effects through EMDR.
With EMDR, we retrain your brain’s response to past trauma and help you release memories that are holding you back.
What is EMDR?
Unlike talk therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured therapy in which the patient briefly focuses on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing a physical stimulation like moving one’s eyes back and forth. The stimulation reduces the vividness of the remembered experience and lessens the emotion associated with it, thereby retraining the brain’s response to the memory.
EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies and is helpful for:
Fortunately, the human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing.
— John Bowlby
Sometimes the Memory of a Traumatic Event Won’t Let Go
For example, people suffering from depression often have experienced a stressful and traumatic event that causes them to hold onto negative beliefs about themselves, the world, and the future that they have incorporated into their daily thoughts.
Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develop the condition after witnessing or experiencing an event (or series of events) that is shocking, threatening, and dangerous (either physically or emotionally). They can relive the memory of that trauma so accurately, even the smells and sounds are so vivid, it is exactly like they are there again.
Anger, anxiety, and grief are all normal reactions to traumas, but when that reaction never leaves us is where we start having trouble.
Who can benefit from EMDR?
Many challenges can be helped with EMDR: