EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing


       Signs of Trauma

  • Depression, sadness, or social isolation

  • Feeling the need to be hyper-aware or alert in case of  danger

  • An exaggerated startle response, on edge

  • Increased irritability, sudden anger attacks

  • Feelings of shame, guilt, or intense worry

  • A sense of numbness in life

  • Nightmares or flashbacks that relive the traumatic event

  • Avoiding situations which may be reminders of event

  • Difficulty functioning in daily life

  • Substance abuse and dependence

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What is Trauma?

Experiencing or witnessing a frightening, dangerous, or violent event can overwhelm our body's natural coping abilities. Exposure to death, injury, abuse, or sexual violence often causes trauma. Other more common life events like job stress, divorce, or accidents can cause a trauma response as well. People respond to trauma in many different ways.

 

How can EMDR help? 

 I t  i s  a  f o r m  o f  t h e r a p y  t h a t  h e l p s  p e o p l e  h e a l      f r o m  t r a u m a  o r  o t h e r  d i s t r e s s i ng  l i f e   e x p e r i e n c e s .   E M D R  t h e r a p y  h a s  b e e n   e x t e n s i v e l y  r e s e a r c h e d  a n d  i s
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b r a i n s  h a v e  a  n a t u r a l  w a y  t o  r e c o v e r  f r o m  t r a u m a t i c     m e m o r i e s  a n d  e v e n t s .   S o m e t i m e s  t h i s   n a t u r a l  r e c o v e r y  p r o c e s s  c a n ' t  b e  r e s o l v e d  w i t h o u t  h e l p .   E M D R  t h e r a p y  i s  designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain.  For many clients signs of trauma like those above will diminish or disappear once EMDR is complete.