WHAT IS EMDR USED FOR?
Big ‘T’ trauma: EMDR is very effective treatment for serious trauma such as sudden loss, being attacked, medical illness, car accidents, etc. Trauma from these events often emerges as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when untreated.
Small ‘t’ trauma: Small t trauma are ongoing issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, fears, panic attacks, performance anxiety at work, athletic performance.
WHAT IS TRAUMA?
When Trauma happens, the brain goes into a crisis/survival mode and is not able to integrate all aspects of the experience. These un-integrated pieces can get stuck in the mind and body via repetitive thoughts or body sensations.
EMDR’S 3 PART PROCESS
Part 1: I help clients focus on a specific target (negative cognition or traumatic event) and use a rating scale to measure the level of disturbance.
Part 2: I help you use a bilateral stimulation machine (auditory and tactile) to do the processing.
Part 3: Once measured improvement targets are reached, I work with you to install a Positive Cognition.
Clients experience EMDR differently. However common responses are that they were able to change their relationship to past memories and feel back in charge of their experience, versus the experience running them.
There are often positive perspective shifts around self-beliefs and feelings about the past.