EMDR and Trauma Therapy

1463204258Trauma is mentally and physically exhausting.

As one individual said, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and am so tired of being afraid of what could happen.”

The memory of that day can continue to intrude on your everyday life. You keep waiting for something to happen again; sometimes, a seemingly ordinary event can force you to relive that moment.

One person had this comment, “Even when I talk to my partner, I am afraid that something will trigger me.”

Dealing with trauma can impact eating and cause nightmares that make it difficult to sleep. As a result, you tend to avoid situations that might trigger a negative response and tend to feel fatigued, making it difficult to accomplish anything.

Trauma can occur at an early age.

As one client said, “My childhood is a blur. I often envy people who can talk so fondly about their childhoods.”

Perhaps you had a terrible parenting experience, causing you to wonder, “If only I had different parents, or I had some control over my life. I don’t understand. My parents act as if we had the perfect childhood. They shut me down even when I want to talk about it.”

Although you would like to go back and change these childhood experiences, you realize this is impossible.

It would be nice, however, if you could learn to put your negative childhood experiences behind you.

Talking about the past makes you feel tired.

Therapy requires talking about the past, but some individuals don’t respond well to talk therapy.

As one person said, “I’ve tried this therapy thing before. It starts with me discussing every gruesome detail about my past and crying with no sense of satisfaction or resolve. I understand I can’t change the past, but I want to get to my future.”

Moving forward, rather than staying stuck in trauma, is something you want because you can’t live like this any longer. Transitioning between being scared and depressed is tiring and keeps you stuck in the past.

Everyone keeps telling you to get over it, but you say, “I don’t know what I’m getting over.” All you know is that your thoughts keep creating a nagging feeling that something terrible will happen like it did before.

2135540107Don’t fight trauma alone.

Trauma has many causes, and unlike regular psychotherapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can help your mind and body recover from past traumatic experiences. The process allows your brain to reprocess that traumatic memory, storing that experience in the past where it belongs.

Sometimes, you need the right person in your corner to help you confront negative thoughts and fears while learning the skills required to move closer to your future. Our therapists have training in EMDR, and we have seen the positive effects this type of treatment can create.

Our work will focus on building the necessary skills and techniques to reduce the intrusiveness of thoughts and the challenges the past may cause.

Don’t let trauma rob you of the life you deserve. Contact us today for more information on how EMDR can help.