You are experiencing struggles and have come across EMDR therapy. So far, you have heard that it can help with trauma, PTSD, or maybe anxiety. But what is it really? The videos you may have watched on YouTube and articles you’ve read seem sort of vague.
EMDR stands for eye movement reprocessing and desensitization.
When a disturbing event occurs, it can get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. EMDR seems to stimulate the information and allows the brain to reprocess the experience. This leaves you thinking in a healthier way so that you can function the way you want.
You have full control over the process; the therapist is just there to guide you.
What happens in EMDR is very simple on the outside, yet very complex data processing is happening within you. Experiences, feelings, thoughts and sensations are processed more quickly than with talk therapy alone due to the eye movements (taps or tones) in this therapy. Both sides of your brain are being stimulated which has been scientifically proven to put the brain into a free flow type state that enables efficient processing to happen.
Don’t want to talk about what happened? That’s okay!This is perfect for you.
Since EMDR is totally in your control, you don’t have to talk about what happened if you don’t want to. All the therapists need to know is whether a change has occurred in your thinking, feelings and sensations.
Here is a story to help you understand events and processing better:
Let’s use a simple bike-riding example.
Imagine you are about nine years old riding your bike on a sidewalk in your neighborhood. An unfortunate rock comes in your path throwing you off the bike and onto the concrete. Your knees and elbows are skinned up and bleeding. Mom and Dad are at home a few streets away. You feel scared and alone as cars drive by you as you sit crying on the concrete. The cars are startling; your knees hurt; the dog behind you is barking; you limp home.
Mom puts a Band-Aid on you and encourages you to ride again, but you are just not in the mood. The whole event was scary; watching TV the rest of the day sounds better to you.
Bath time comes. Your cuts sting, and your blankets snag them every time your body shifts in bed that night.
After a few days of rest and assurance, you get back on the bike, knowing that falling happens sometimes. You also know you healed, and now you will watch what you are riding over a bit more closely in the future.
This is an example of a completely processed event.
Sometimes people have things happen to them, and they struggle with fully processing on their own for a variety of reasons. The result may be PTSD, general anxiety, phobias, or struggles in their life that they can’t seem to manage to eliminate.
EMDR helps process these unprocessed events very quickly so that you can live a happier, symptom-free life.
EMDR helps people that have big T traumas like PTSD and those with little t trauma like a child fearing riding a bike after a fall.
Spotting big T trauma is easy. It can be more difficult to identify how EMDR can help average issues everyone encounters in life.
Here are some little t issues EMDR helps alleviate:
- Wedding day nerves
- Work-related relational issues
- Worries about having a child
- Chronic pain
- Test anxiety
If you think that EMDR could help you, give me a call to get some more information and know for sure.
Our phone call will take about 15-20 minutes. If you decide you would like to make an appointment, we can set up a time together in the next week or two, depending on our joint availability!
Questions are free. You have nothing to lose, only knowledge to gain!
Call me now.