You've experienced a terrible event in your life. It continues to haunt you. You try to forget about it and move on, but it won't go away. Perhaps someone did something to you or perhaps you've lost someone close to you. You have nightmares, you can't stop thinking about it and it gets in the way of your life. You want help, but talking about it seems to make it worse. EMDR might be the answer for you.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an 8-phase psychotherapeutic treatment approach originally designed for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and used to treat other difficulties like addiction, anxiety, depression, adverse childhood experiences, grief and loss, and eating disorders. EMDR uses Bilateral Stimulation (BLS), which means that a person will be provided sensory input on both sides of the body, in the form of visual, audio, or tactile sensory input in order to assist in a person’s ability to connect and resolve beliefs, physiological sensations, thoughts, or feelings that occur due to traumatic exposure.
EMDR is a type of therapy tool that takes special training to use in counseling. Francine Shapiro, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, discovered that when we experience trauma, it tends to get stuck in certain parts of our bodies and in an attempt to resolve the trauma, our brains replay the trauma over and over. Shapiro discovered that when the body experiences bi-lateral stimulation (back and forth stimulation on each side of our body) while thinking about the traumatic event, our brain is better able to process the memory. Therefore, EMDR uses bi-lateral stimulation (i.e. eye-movements, tapping, beeping or other techniques) to assist the brain in processing the trauma.
If you have a memory that you'd like to process through EMDR, we are trained to help. We will work with you to create safety so that you can process your trauma and heal. If you'd like to find out more about EMDR and trauma therapy, call 484-784-6244 now for a free 15-minute phone consultation. If you’re looking for help with relief from trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, adverse childhood experiences, grief and loss or eating disorders, book your first counseling session at our Bryn Mawr or West Chester office, click here: