EMDR for anxiety, trauma & difficult life events

Trauma occurs when a difficult or life threatening experience overwhelms an individual's ability to cope. Quite literally the brain is unable to process and make meaning of the event. In an attempt to return the nervous system to equilibrium, memories of the event are fragmented and stored away in different parts of the brain and body.

 

At the same time, in order to avoid such an event in the future, the brain and body continue to be aware of the traumatic event, often as memory fragments (flashbacks), nightmares, or body sensations. In times of stress, the memory fragments and sensations become activated, which can be confusing and feel as painful as the original event itself.

 

EMDR has helped with difficult experiences such as:

-traumatic events & PTSD

-childhood abuse: incest, sexual abuse, emotional, physical, spiritual 

- childhood neglect

-victims of violent crime

-anxiety & panic attacks 

-phobias

-bullying

-first responders

-significant disappointments

-relationship difficulties

-car accidents

-natural disasters

No one knows exactly how psychotherapy and EMDR therapy work. We do know the process is designed to access the memory channels where traumatic memories are stored. Through a structured process similar to REM sleep, memories are able to be processed and released, resulting in a reduction in intensity of the overwhelming incident. 

EMDR is evidence based therapy. More than 20 controlled studies have investigated its effectiveness, and the results show that EMDR effectively decreases and sometimes eliminates the symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It also reduces the associated symptoms of anxiety and depression. EMDR can be an effective treatment to help overcome difficult life events and experiences.  

Feel free to call and we can schedule an appointment to discuss whether EMDR might be a helpful treatment for you.

415-684-8892
1062 Murrieta Blvd, Livermore, CA 94550

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist  LMFT #102536