Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy uses the process known as bilateral stimulation (a left to right sensation) to process harmful cognitions that have been created by negative experiences. No matter how big or small the trauma being treated, people can be impacted deeply by EMDR. “Little t” traumas, also known as developmental or relational traumas, can cause a person to become “stuck” in the past. While Big “T” traumas can be so harmful to someone they may lead to PTSD or severe forms of depression.
Processing Trauma with EMDR
The wounds of either type of trauma can make us feel stuck and blocked from our authentic expression and sense of self. During the EMDR therapy process, the traumatic events are refiled, and the brain begins to think of those events differently. For some, this means finally letting go of toxic responsibility associated with an event, for others, it can mean finally accessing the ability to stand up for themselves.
EMDR is a proven therapy that has been researched extensively and is the number one chosen form of therapy for people experiencing PTSD. In recent years more and more clinicians have studied EMDR on other forms of trauma and found it to be equally effective.
Is EMDR Right for Me?
During EMDR we not only connect to cognitions and feelings, but we continue to check in to the physical experience along the way. It’s important to mention that EMDR does not physically hurt in any way. Negative experiences exist both in the body and the mind, so through linking the mind and body, EMDR can truly free you from trauma.
In 2009 I was trained by Dr. Philip Manfield in this type of therapy. For the last decade, I’ve used this method to treat patients for a variety of traumas, enabling to let go of some of their most painful memories.
Since it was first developed in 1987, there have been many advancements in our understanding of the ways in which EMDR is effective. While the bilateral stimulation was originally used with the eyes, we understand that eye movement is not best for everyone. Sound or tactile pressure can also create the response we needed to make the process effective. If you are dealing with trauma and are curious if EMDR is right for you, please contact me to schedule a free therapy consultation so we can discuss your options. Taking the first step is often the hardest part in addressing a past trauma – give yourself permission to get help and I will support you along the way.