What is EMDR?
Let’s start at the beginning EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. It’s a mouthful I know, but all means is it is a type of therapy that helps with trauma, anxiety, specific phobias (like heights, needles, etc.), and many other mental illnesses. It is currently the most researched of all the recent therapies.
I will be explaining how EMDR works through trauma and the effects trauma has on memories and the brain. The way EMDR works is by changing the way traumatic or negative memories are stored. When a traumatic event happens, such as childhood abuse, neglect, war, sexual assault, etc., that memory is stored in the brain with no time or date stamp on it. For the person who has experienced a traumatic event they can feel as though the traumatic event can happen at any time or is happening right now. EMDR puts that time and date stamp on that memory so the brain knows what happened is in the past. This means when that person is triggered by a recent event they will no longer have a strong emotional reaction to that event.
So does that mean your going to hypnotise me?
No, you are fully alert and aware of what is being done and said.
What are the benefits?
The biggest benefit is the freedom that comes with being able to live your life without fear or anxiety. Once all the EMDR reprocessing sessions are over and there are no more negative or traumatic memories to reprocess they are not like to ever hold an emotional charge like they did before the reprocessing.
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I offer a free 30-minute consultation to all potential clients. It gives you a chance to ask questions about what therapy is like with me, my experiences, the services offered, and to decide if I am the therapist for you.