Trauma & EMDR

A traumatic event is any past experience that one perceives as negative that negatively affects one’s life currently.  Such events have the capability to interrupt the integrative processes of the brain and nervous system sometimes leading to rapid fluctuations from fight, flight or freeze.

If you have experienced a traumatic event or events, you may be experiencing a wide range of symptoms including:

  • hyper-vigilance, inability to relax, sleeplessness/nightmares, irritability and angry outbursts. You may also be cautious to avoid feelings, thoughts and activities associated with the event(s).
  • detachment from everyday activities, depression, shame, loss of interest, low energy and disorientation.

With unresolved trauma, it is not uncommon experience a wide range of symptoms.



Fortunately, research studies indicate that EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) can be effective in treating people who have experienced traumatic events and any of the above symptoms.  EMDR heals by helping you process and integrate the event(s) so you can feel more alive and less distressed.  EMDR does not erase memories, but changes your relationship to them, eliminating the “stuck” feelings and emotions.  Thus, EMDR facilitates the body’s (specifically the nervous system’s) innate ability to heal.

EMDR can also be effective in treating generalized fear, addictions, sports performance and performance anxiety.

For more information about EMDR visit the EMDR International Association.

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