Trauma is an emotional response to an event in our lives. This can range from a terrible event like an accident, rape, natural disaster, or from a highly charged emotional experience. Divorce, bullying, or other experiences can leave an emotional mark. Long-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feeling are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.
Recovering From Trauma
When we experience an event that leaves an emotional scare, it can live with us for many years. I manifests itself in symptoms of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, phobias, inability to maintain healthy relationships and much more. We often assume negative beliefs about ourselves based upon these experiences that can cause us distress for many years. Luckily that is hope to heal through a process called EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy™. EMDR Psychotherapy is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address trauma recovery.
After EMDR™ processing, clients generally report that the emotional distress related to the traumatic memory has been eliminated or greatly decreased, and they have gained important cognitive insights. Most importantly, many years of research has proven that clients feel healing from long-term emotional and cognitive distress, even when traditional therapy has been attempted with little relief.
If you would like to explore healing from past experiences, depression, anxiety, or other concerns, sessions are available in office or as an adjunct to other treatment options.