Do your memories act as an instant transport to a painful past? Do you suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, or panic attacks? Are you having trouble finding peace after ending a relationship or marriage? Are you overwhelmed by negative self-beliefs or just generally feeling stuck in life?
Often people want to try EMDR because other forms of therapy have failed to help them with disturbing memories or depression. Using EMDR, I can help you change limiting beliefs that keep you feeling hopeless and stuck.
What is EMDR?
During trauma or a stressful event, the brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment can become "frozen in time" and remembering the trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings have not changed. These feelings can negatively effect the way a person sees the world and relates to other people.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) seems to have a direct effect on the way the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session a person no longer relieves the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but in a less upsetting way. EMDR appears to be similar to what happens in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiological based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
What kind of problems does EMDR treat?
Post Traumatic Stress
Grief / loss of a loved one
Physical, emotional & sexual abuse