WHAT IS EMDR THERAPY?
When was the last time you experienced something painful in your life and felt “stuck” and not able to move forward? Many trauma survivors and those experiencing PTSD know what this feels like.
EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of counseling to support you in healing from emotional distress caused by disturbing life experiences. These life experiences may be connected to:
● Relationships (e.g., loss of a loved one, grief/loss, parent-child relationship)
● Safety (e.g., physical or sexual abuse/assault, etc.)
● Chronic Stress (e.g., work, disease, etc.)
● Singular Issues (car accident, flood, etc.)
● And so much more…
During an EMDR therapy session, your therapist will guide you to activate your natural healing processes. One such process includes eye movements that are soothing to the nervous system.
Yesterday’s EMDR [session] was a really big release and an incredible shift. It honestly helped my body and subconscious let go of so much anxiety, fear and doubt I had lurking over the whole situation. I feel so much lighter and prepared to handle everything.
DOES EMDR THERAPY WORK?
Yes. EMDR therapy works for many people and your personal therapist will assess if this technique will assist your emotional health.
EMDR therapy has been used since the 1980’s with fantastic results for all those who experience stress and trauma.
There has been an abundance of research on EMDR therapy and it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as:
● American Psychiatric Association
● World Health Organization
● United States Department of Defense
Your nervous system’s first response is to detect stress and danger. At a base level, your brain tries to figure out if you are safe or not safe.
For this reason, EMDR therapy is effective in treating both the stress of warfare and sexual trauma…. to the “everyday” memories that cause people to have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad of problems that bring them in for therapy.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN AN EMDR SESSION
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment model.
Eye movements (or other bilateral “back and forth” stimulation) are used during one part of the session to soothe your nervous system and help emotions resolve. Fun fact: your eyes naturally do these kinds of movements during deep sleep.
At times, your therapist will ask you to hold different aspects of the traumatic, stressful event or thought in your mind and to use your eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across your field of vision. As this happens, you begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings.
In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.
For instance, a rape survivor may shift from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief of, “I am safe now. I have choices now.” Or a bereaved mother may shift from unrelenting feelings of failure to functional grief that says, “I did what I could, and I loved my child utterly and completely.”
Clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once overwhelmed and debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed.
FIND AN EMDR THERAPIST IN ST. GEORGE, UT
Would you like to explore EMDR therapy for your stress, depression or anxiety? Guided Wellness Counseling has a team for EMDR trained clinicians that can support you.
It all begins with a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation. During this call we’ll ask you to share just a bit about what inspired your call and what your unique pain-points are. This will help us match you with the very best therapist for your needs.
Only after all your questions have been answered will you book your intake appointment and follow-up appointment – you’ll never have to worry about long delays between your appointments as we cater only to small, personal caseloads for individualized therapy services. Are you ready to begin? We cannot wait to serve you.