EMDR therapy is an evidence based therapy that focuses on the brain’s natural ability to heal. Traumatic experiences often leave us feeling disconnected. We may struggle to feel close to those around us and feel constant apprehension. Trauma affects not only our minds, but also our bodies. When we endure trauma, our brains often get stuck processing the experience. Our brains tell us we are living out our trauma again and again. These flashbacks can be felt as body sensations, emotions, urges, and vivid re-experiencing. Trauma treatments that focus on both the mind and body are essential in briging those two experiences. EMDR does just this.
Enter EMDR. EMDR is a fantastic way to process trauma and continue forward movement in your life. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. It requires no homework in between sessions, and doesn’t require you to go into detail about your trauma. EMDR therapy helps your brain continue its natural healing process.
When we first meet, we will focus on getting to know one another and explore if EMDR trauma therapy is right for you. While EMDR is an amazing therapy tool, our relationship is paramount to getting the most out of ANY therapy tool. Beginning to understand your experience and who you are, I will also sprinkle in specific coping tools that will help you regulate your response when triggered. Practicing these skills outside of session will be essential to ensuring you have a positive reprocessing experience. In addition to skills, I will give a few assessments to better understand your experience and how you cope.
When you are ready, together we will explore which traumatic experiences to include in our treatment plan. We won’t move forward until both you and I agree you are ready to do so.
Reprocessing is the process of reducing the power that your trauma has over you. It is fairly standardized in how each sessions goes. We will always check in at the beginning of sessions. This is to connect, discuss any changes or insights you’ve had, and plan our next steps. Then, using eye movements or tapping, we will begin reprocessing the agreed upon experience or event.
First we will identify the event, images and emotions connected to that event, where you feel it in your body, and the lie that experience taught you (the negative cognition). We will also identify what you would rather believe about yourself (positive cognition). You will tap or move your eyes for sets, while maintaining attention on the movement you are doing as well as the event. This dual attention process is part of what helps your brain “get out of its own way.” After each set, we will check in as to what you are noticing. This will repeat until the event or experience becomes less disturbing. We will increase your ability to believe the positive cognition as your truth, in further sets of movements. Once you have reprocessed past events, we will process current events, and future anxieties.
Check out the video below for an introduction on EMDR therapy and why it may be right for you! Make an appointment with us today to start creating your new future.