Heal from Trauma: Try EMDR Therapy

Posted on August 26, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Most people have experienced trauma in their lives. It is hard to go through life without living through many traumas. Some common examples include an automobile accident, divorce, termination from a job, death of a family member, rape, a serious illness, child abuse.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a well-researched, effective and internationally recommended psychotherapy to resolve traumatic memories. It is based on the theory that a person can not be fully emotionally present during trauma and so the brain splits the memory apart into separate pieces into the right and left hemisphere of the brain. These pieces of the trauma can be images, physical sensations, feelings, and thoughts. These pieces of the trauma can be re-lived in the form of a flashback whenever you are reminded of the trauma in your daily life. EMDR is an information processing therapy that combines information from both brain hemispheres together and helps you to be able to understand the trauma from a new perspective. Once the pieces of the trauma are combined together, the trauma can be anchored in the past (where it belongs) as you bring the positive learning, emotional recovery and growth to the present. EMDR can effectively resolve symptoms of re-living the trauma such as intrusive negative thoughts, emotional distress, and upsetting imagery.

If you feel stuck re-living a distressing memory from the past, I would suggest trying EMDR. I have been trained by Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR. I have used EMDR for the past 20 years with excellent results. It is possible to decrease the intensity of emotional suffering for one or many traumatic events in your life. 

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