Trauma occurs when a difficult or life threatening experience overwhelms an individual's ability to cope, and 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 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 memories become activated. This is often confusing and painful as the original event itself.
EMDR can help with difficult experiences such as:
-childhood abuse: sexual abuse, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual
-relational difficulties, loss of mothering or absence of support
-victims of violent crime
-anxiety & panic attacks
No one knows exactly how EMDR therapy works. 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.