Is a painful experience preventing you from enjoying life in the present? Have you experienced a traumatic event that you just can’t get past? Maybe you experienced childhood abuse, a tragic accident or loss, an abusive relationship, a serious illness, or other trauma? Experiences like these can cause you to feel stuck. You get triggered by people and events that cause you to relive the painful experiences from the past.
If this sounds like you, you might benefit from EMDR therapy.
I’ve heard of EMDR; but what is it?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. These distressing experiences, if left unresolved, get stuck in the part of your brain that is reactionary. That means that current triggers cause you to react in fight, flight, or freeze. Basically, your brain is in survival mode. EMDR helps process memories so that they are no longer held in the reactionary part of the brain. It helps memories feel less distressing and current situations no longer trigger the same negative responses.