Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of trauma therapy used for a wide range of mental health problems that result from overwhelming experiences, commonly known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This treatment identifies and addresses those experiences that have overpowered the brain’s natural abilities to cope and bounce back. Through EMDR, a person can reprocess traumatic memories so that they no longer cause pain and suffering.
We store trauma in various places in our minds and bodies, carrying the majority of it in the emotional side of our brain (the right side). PTSD can show itself in physical symptoms based on certain triggers that remind us of a traumatic situation. These can be our heart racing, our hands sweating, dry mouth, panic and the need to run. The left side of our brain is our thinking side but it doesn’t always address the memory located on our emotional side.
This therapy uses moving one’s eyes back and forth or tapping your hands on both sides of your body, which makes the two sides of your brain talk to each other. This way, the left side of the brain is able to take what’s on the right side of the brain, process it and release is. The memory is still there but the patient is able to perceive it differently without an emotional response.
This can be for big things such as a car wreck or a robbery or smaller things such as getting ignored as a child or anything else that sends you a negative meta message and makes you feel bad about yourself. This negativity can lead to repetitive destructive patterns that you still find yourself getting into such as lower level jobs and bad relationships. If you have a pattern in your life that’s upsetting to you that you can’t get over and you keep doing the same thing over and over and over; that would be a symptom that there may be a meta message. Meta messages hold us back.
It helps people to be their best self, not to be afraid and to be free, to excel and to not feel bad about themselves.
The amount of treatment depends on the trauma; a single trauma can be a single session. Patients can see an immediate response from the therapy. The therapy is broad based; it works quickly. Call and make an appointment; no referral needed.
Evaluation and Treatment
This treatment is beneficial to adults, teenagers and children who have had traumatic experiences recently or in the past. EMDR can help you to regain emotional balance and return to a more productive lifestyle. If memories, fears, depression or repetitive life patterns continue to cause problems for you, please call one of our locations to see if EMDR is right for you and to make an appointment. Cash pay and most major insurances are accepted.