EMDR Therapy in Delaware
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EMDR therapy is an effective way to
reprocess and resolve trauma.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been around since the late 1980s and it’s a very effective form of non-pharmaceutical intervention. It can help you process unresolved trauma by teaching your mind and body to recognize that you are safe now and that the traumatic event is over.
EMDR therapy could be a good option if you feel stuck or like you’re constantly reliving the same thoughts, emotions, and sensations. This could include general or specific anxiety, panic, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and/or flashbacks.
It’s important to know that trauma presents itself in many different forms and it isn’t limited to major events like surviving wars. Trauma can include other things, like natural disasters, car accidents, many forms of abuse or neglect, death, and other types of loss. Some trauma can lead to developing PTSD over time, but other traumas may not.
Only you can define whether something feels traumatic to you, and a good therapist can help you figure out your feelings. No trauma is too big or small to “count” or to be treated with EMDR.
EMDR uses a technique called bilateral stimulation, or alternating left and right stimuli such as sound, tapping, or eye movement to integrate information from the left and right sides of your brain. The result is a positive new association, stabilized emotions, and improved sense of self. This can help you close painful chapters so you can move forward.
EMDR therapy works in four key stages:
- Establishment of Safety. Safety is an essential component of EMDR therapy. Your therapist will help you develop internal resources that create feelings of protection and comfort before you begin reprocessing your trauma.
- Activating the Traumatic Memory Network. Traumatic memories are accessed via a series of targeted questions that create a guided imaginary experience, meaning that you will be better able to remember details including sights, sounds, smells, and sensations from the original traumatic event. This part may sound scary, but a trained EMDR therapist will walk with you through this process so that the healing can begin.
- Adding Alternating Bilateral Stimulation. When the traumatic memory is activated, your therapist will introduce external stimulation, such as tracking movement with your eyes, feeling a buzzing sensation in your hands with an aid called a Theratapper, or listening to auditory tones through headphones. This is designed to integrate the mind and body, which helps link it to positive new associations being formed in the present.
- Re-establishment of Safety. When the session ends, it’s important that you feel stable and calm once again. There are a number of different ways this can be done, including leaning on your internal resources or working through some relaxation exercises.
Your mind can heal from trauma, just like your body.
The most important element to successful EMDR therapy is a solid therapeutic relationship built on trust. Through that trust, your therapist will be able to help you gain a deeper understanding of the way trauma is affecting you. This includes an educational component that will help you learn techniques to help cope with the intensity of your emotions. If needed, your therapist can also help you create a crisis plan to share with the important people in your life. It can help others know how and when to step in to support you best, as you go through this process.
The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy was established specifically to help people struggling to process trauma in whatever form it has occurred. Our therapists will help you make sense of your experience so you can go on to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life. This journey can start today.
EMDR therapy could be the answer you need.
Contact our team today to make an appointment and talk further about whether EMDR is right for you. You can start taking control of the memories holding you back.
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