Trauma and EMDR
We all have experienced adverse events in our lives. Whether the trauma is large or small (big “T” or little “t”), it is how our brain stores these adverse events that matters.
The effects of traumatic events vary greatly.
In some, trauma might express itself in feeling consciously upset or emotionally imprisoned by the traumatic event or events.
In others, trauma may play out in subtle ways or in ways beyond awareness such as experiencing nightmares, vague flashbacks, chronic pain, irritability, depression or anxiety. Life may become overwhelming, and getting through the daily grind can become very challenging.
Trauma is relatively common. If you suspect it may be rearing its ugly head in your life, please know that you are not alone. Choose not to continue to suffer! You can get relief from your troubling symptoms.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a well-studied and empirically validated therapeutic tool to reduce or completely eradicate the distressing symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
EMDR works directly on the brain by transforming the way trauma is stored in the neural memory networks. While the memory of the event remains intact, its haunting effect can diminish greatly. The emotional pull of the event loosens its grip and the adverse symptoms of the trauma fade away.
I am a level two trained EMDR therapist and strongly believe in its effectiveness.
As EMDR is one of many tools in working with trauma, at Align Counseling Center, P.C., I also incorporate mindfulness practice, autonomic nervous system and heart rate calming strategies, deep breathing, individual talk therapy or the option of bringing a supportive loved one into the session.
If you feel like you are experiencing the effects of a minor or major trauma, don’t wait for things to get better.
Find the peace and joy that you deserve!
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Suzanne M. Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jennifer Ko, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
Jamie Woelk, B.A., mental health counseling practicum student