Trauma often occurs when you are in a dangerous or very distressing situation and feel you have no way to escape. Typical traumas include:
- Emotional or verbal abuse
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Auto accidents
- Criminal victimization
- Natural disaster
- Stuff you don’t think is trauma but really is!
EMDR Therapy can be a wonderful avenue for relief and healing for many people. First discovered in 1989 by psychologist Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is among the most widely researched, evidence-based trauma treatment available.
EMDR Therapy has been studied and perfected for over two decades. Now it is used not only for trauma and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) but for other problems like anxiety, depression, OCD, substance abuse, and other concerns.
EMDR Therapy uses imagery, mindfulness, body awareness, and cognitive techniques in a carefully formatted and powerfully healing set of protocols. The use of eye movements, alternating tones, or vibrating sensations in your hands while focusing on a distressing experience in a specific, guided manner, allows the brain and nervous system to learn a new, healthier way of responding to trauma.
You may have heard EMDR therapy called a “power therapy” and that it works really quickly. While it can sometimes work amazingly quickly, the actual number of sessions required depends a lot on what the trauma is and what your other life experiences have been. If there is a single traumatic incident, like a car accident, that is the subject of the EMDR Therapy, then it can often be resolved in five or six sessions, including the intake and preparation. However, the process can take longer for someone who has experienced quite a lot of past abuse, trauma, or neglect. It’s important to go through EMDR Therapy at a pace you can tolerate. I’m happy to answer your questions about EMDR Therapy at (720) 493-4827.