If you have experienced (or witnessed) any of the following, either very recently or on the distant past, and are experiencing symptoms, EMDR may help you find some relief from its effects.
Motor vehicle Accident
A fall or other type of accident
A traumatic birth (usually involves a difficult childbirth experience where there was fear that baby or mother may die).
Medical trauma (from pain, injury, serious illness, medical procedures, and invasive or frightening treatment experiences)
Discover just how resilient you are
You are OK but, you don’t feel OK. “That thing that happened” … an accident, an assault, a medical scare, a traumatic loss… is over and you know that yet it doesn’t feel completely true. You don’t feel like yourself and the world feels different…and not in a good way. People who suffered a recent trauma may:
Go between intense feelings such as anger, fear or sadness to numbness or “feeling out of it”
Often feel anxious, fearful, or “on guard” even when just doing day to day activities
Frequently think about the trauma or have intrusive thoughts or images related to it
Worry disproportionately about the safety and well-being of themselves and/or their loved ones
Have trouble with sleep/nightmares, eating, or feeling connected to other people
You Can Get Past It
Often people feel shame or that they are “crazy” because they “can’t just get over it”. Some people believe that they will never feel better. Something bad happened, of course it is going to impact your life but, you don’t have to keep reliving it. It doesn’t have to dictate or control your life.
EMDR for Recent or Past Trauma
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful tool to process negative or traumatic experiences from the past (recent or distant) so it is less impactful to the present. EMDR seems to lessen or remove the negative beliefs and/or the “emotional charge”that often remains active following trauma and can influence how people react, view, and respond to their lives. EMDR is a highly researched treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and is regarded as a top-tier treatment recommend by the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the World Health Organization, among others. EMDR helps people who have suffered a painful event(s) get to a place where they are truly “ok” and living a life of vitality rather than just “surviving.” I have been practicing EMDR for over 15 years and have witnessed clients experience profound healing.