Trauma is a word that that refers to an experience within a spectrum of diagnoses, the most well known being Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, broadly speaking, Trauma refers to a single or series of events that happened in the past that continue to affect us negatively for a long time afterwards. Trauma and traumatic experiences result from highly stressful events that shatter a person's sense of safety, security and peace. In many cases, trauma renders one feeling helpless and vulnerable or hardened and volatile in a world perceived as dangerous.
While there are many treatment options for trauma, one evidence-based treatment that our practitioners use for disorders related to trauma is EMDR. Please read on to learn more about how EMDR therapy can help resolve traumatic experiences.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Following a successful EMDR session a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. He or she will still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically-based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in new and less distressing ways.
Who Can Benefit
Persons of almost any age and background can benefit from EMDR if they have suffered trauma. Combat veterans and survivors of abuse and neglect are often helped by EMDR.
Symptoms Treated with EMDR
Trauma resulting from abuse