At Conscientia Counselling, we define trauma as the emotional response that is left after living disturbing experiences. Trauma leaves both physical and emotional ‘left overs’. Trauma is any experience that a person finds upsetting, overwhelming, disturbing or threatening.
In general, there are three types of trauma. Acute: As the result of one single event (a car accident, robbery, etc.); Chronic: As a result of prolonged, or repeated events (i.e. childhood abuse and/or neglect, domestic violence, etc.) and Complex: When the person is exposed to multiple disturbing experiences.
What is it?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
Is it right for you?
Have you experienced trauma in your life? Are many of your behaviours trauma responses? Do you find yourself having intuitive thoughts, physical sensations that remind you of an unpleasant ex perience? Do you have flashbacks of memories that do not seem to resolved through talk therapy? Would you like to solve the effects of trauma in your life, even the “small-t” traumas? If you have answered yes, to any of these questions, then EMDR therapy might be the right approach for you. EMDR should only be done by a trained mental health provided
How can it help?
EMDR can improve or permanently resolve symptoms of post traumatic stress, sexual and/or physical abuse, anxiety and phobias, panic attacks, childhood neglect and abuse and much more. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (BLS) (a process that happen naturally when we sleep during REM) in the form of eye movement, tapping, or auditory tones to activate the brain’s capacity to process and heal a troubling memory. the memory is remembered but the negative effects of the experience (including physical sensations and disturbing images tend to disappear