Have you ever felt “not good enough, I should have known better” or something similar to that? Do you ever wonder where those feelings come from? Usually it comes from an experience you have had in the past where something happened or was said to you where you felt responsible, wrong, unsafe, or not in control. Maybe you have an idea of where it originated but haven’t been able to believe that you are enough or worth it? EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can help you make connections and give insight into where those feelings started. Then by processing the memory, EMDR can help replace the negative feelings with more positives ones that you believe in your heart, not just your head. EMDR can also be used to gain confidence and self-esteem.
EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been very successful in helping people who suffer from anxiety, depression, loss, anger, fears, and other post traumatic reactions. The therapist uses bilateral stimulation (eye movements or other forms of stimulation) that engages the opposite sides of the brain while the client focuses on the memory, as well as feelings, and thoughts that surround the memory. This assists the brains natural process to actually start healing itself and resolves issues to create more peaceful, empowering, and resolved feelings.
Some frequently asked questions…
What is the History of EMDR? EMDR was discovered in 1987 and since then more research has been done using EMDR in the trauma treatment than any other therapy model. In 2004, the American Psychiatric association gave EMDR the highest level of endorsement in treating trauma.
Why bring up hurtful memories? When hurtful memories are not processed, they keep their painful power. In therapy with EMDR, you can work through the memory in a safe environment, so that the brain can heal itself and you can move forward with your life.
Will I be in control? Each individual’s natural healing process is unique, so it may be hard to anticipate what memories or feelings arise during EMDR. You always have the choice to stop or continue at any time.
Are there any precautions? Yes, EMDR follows a specific protocol depending on emotional stability, the presenting problem, and other factors. It is important that the therapist be properly trained in EMDR or else therapy could be ineffective, incomplete, or even damaging.
What happens after a session? You may still process the material for several days possibly becoming aware of new insights, dreams, and feelings. You can keep a record of this and share it with your therapist at your next session.
If you are feeling stuck, or have repeating thoughts and feelings that you’d like to move through, please give me a call at 940-222-8703 x 702 or make an appointment on my online scheduling site Therapy Appointment Calendar. As an EMDR trained therapist, I look forward to journeying alongside you to break through barriers and have a more fulfilling life.