Do you remember a time where you were humiliated in grade school?
Think back and let that scene fill your mind.
What do you notice? Does any disturbance arise? If it does, you will generally be able to use EMDR to clear it.
Think of something that makes you anxious. Public speaking, the SAT coming up, making new friends, talking to your teacher, or applying to colleges. Or something more traumatic like sexual assault, emotional abuse, or war trauma.
What could you accomplish if you weren’t scared anymore?
What if you were able to let go of negative beliefs about yourself?
How much happier would you be?
EMDR can help and is backed with extensive scientific research. The American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization all recommend EMDR for the treatment of trauma.
When a disturbing event occurs, it can get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. EMDR stimulates the information and allows the brain to reprocess the experience. It is similar to REM or dream sleep. Activating both sides of the brain by simple eye movements helps to process the unconscious material. It is your own brain that will be doing the healing and you are the one in control. It doesn’t effect your objective memory.
Recounting traumatic events may bring about very intense emotions. The treatment includes stress management techniques and we practice affect regulation to bring you back to a safe place in your mind before getting started on the processing.
Overall, EMDR can treat a multitude of problems. From complex post traumatic stress disorder to fear of talking to the teacher, to feelings of I’m a bad parent. It can help you desensitize anxiety, gain insight, and attain personal growth and resilience.
By dictionary definition, any event that has had a lasting negative effect on the self or psyche is by its very nature “traumatic”.
EMDR can help instill new beliefs such as:
I did the best I could.
It’s in the past.
I learned from it
I’m in control
I’m a good person
I now have choices
I can succeed
I can handle it
I’m safe now
As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think. – From a Native American initiation rite