What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and originally developed as treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It’s showing success for those struggling with anxiety, depression, and more as well.
It’s based on the understanding that negative life experiences have an impact on how you view yourself, others, and the world. Beliefs of “I’m not safe,” “I’m not good enough,” “I’m not worthy,” and many others. Left unaddressed, you continue to carry this view into later life experiences. It often leads to unwanted patterns of overwhelming reactions, feeling out of control, or a series of unhealthy relationships. Sometimes addictions. Only reinforcing your beliefs.
Leaving you wondering what you’re doing wrong. Why does this always happen to me? Feeling discouraged, hopeless, lost, or wondering who you are anymore.
Sometimes you’re able to catch yourself and stop before you react. Sometimes, you just can’t! You’re in a spiral that you just can’t get out of. It’s as if something has hijacked your thoughts and emotions.
EMDR techniques starts with what you may be struggling with now. Then steps are taken to identify the root of the issue. Where or when did this begin? Next, an 8-phase protocol, will help resolve and heal old wounds without having to describe every detail of each incident. You will gain a new insight and perspective on an old memory, which leads to acceptance and new perspective of yourself and others.
The most common response I get after processing an old memory is, “It was just something that happened.” I’m not promising that you will forget the memory or that it will ever be a happy memory. Nobody can or should promise you that. But, what would your life be like if your past was no longer driving your present?
EMDR, or therapy for that matter, is not meant to end with a new you, but rather with the you that has been there all along.
I offer a free 20-minute consultation to help you learn more and together, determine if EMDR is right for you and the goal you’re trying to achieve.