"Trauma" is any deeply distressing or disturbing experience ...
This is highly subjective, dependent only on YOUR perception of the experience.
We all react differently to traumatic events in our lives.
Some of us are at higher risk for developing symptoms such as:
or feeling isolated from those around us.
We might also experience physical symptoms:
being easily startled,
or unexplained seizures.
These symptoms may be indicative of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event, or who experience or are exposed to repeated "smaller" traumas. It is natural to feel afraid during and after traumatic situations. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience the problems listed above may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.
While these symptoms may not be "normal" for you, they are certainly typical of PTSD ... and they can be resolved with the right kind of help!
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR counseling is a type of therapy that is used to help people get past whatever trauma is causing them difficulties, so they can become more present and enjoy life. Like other psychotherapies, we do talk about what is happening in your life, we explore practical solutions, and then we go one step further. By using EMDR processing to work directly with your ‘limbic’ brain, we let your brain change the way emotional information is stored. Because new neural networks are being linked-up during the EMDR processing, the mind becomes more open in its ability to find creative solutions to what may seem like unsolvable problems. In addition, because of reduced anxiety, which is due to the emotional desensitization related to EMDR processing, life starts to ‘feel’ better.
With EMDR counseling, we re-visit unpleasant experiences, and we awaken thoughts, images, body sensations and negative beliefs. As we do that, your therapist will administer 'bilateral stimulation’ (eye-movements or tapping) to let your mind figure out its own way to get resolution with bad feelings, negative thoughts and uncomfortable body sensations.
Every day, we see people realize the personal advantages gained from becoming more emotionally mature, and more relaxed, as mental clarity increases.
In just a few EMDR therapy sessions (which are done after an intake and history gathering) you can begin to realize the following benefits:
Stop feeling overwhelmed
Panic and anxiety attacks stop
Worry and excessive thinking ends
Chronic pain eases
Healing from surgeries or physical injuries greatly improves
Break free from trauma with the help of EMDR
We can help you to find freedom and begin to live your life again
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