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EMDR: Exploring New Options to Overcome Your Emotional Issues


EMDR: Exploring New Options to Overcome Your Emotional Issues


Who hasn’t experienced an emotional or psychological trauma? Everyone has at least one painful memory floating in their head. Whether you’ve lost someone significant, suffered a financial slump, been challenged to your limits, or simply felt besieged by a fast-paced life, feeling emotionally overwhelmed is a fact of life. The more frightening the event or situation, the more vulnerable and traumatized you feel.

Emotional trauma is personal. Even if it happened many years ago, it can still deeply affect you in many ways, and your response varies depending on the events that define your situation. Traumatic memories can become a lifelong cage that inhibits you from connecting to the rest of the world. Is there a way to alleviate the negative feelings? In the midst of your difficulties, is there a technique to manage your emotions?


EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy

Many people with anxiety, disturbed sleep,
PTSD, and other emotional problems try to get relief through difficult and time-consuming psychotherapy techniques. Today, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one of the most promising methods for rapid, long-lasting healing for most types of emotional trauma.

What is EMDR and how could it help you? EMDR is a powerful psychotherapy technique that has been used to successfully treat people who are experiencing emotional or psychological trauma. It is “a new pathway to relieving issues arising from trauma.” Using eye movement or tactile stimulation, EMDR helps the neurophysiological system to release unprocessed memories in the brain. Memories of traumatic experiences can remain stuck or frozen in the brain, together with the emotions that were not fully expressed when the event occurred.

When a similar event happens in the present, the person has difficulty responding to the situation because the troubling images and feelings become active. As a result, the body reacts simultaneously to the current event and the similar event in the past. This gives rise to huge amounts of emotional issues, such as anxiety, depression, fear, phobia, and more. EMDR bilaterally takes those experiences and processes the memories to help you respond with a new and fresh perspective.

“EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches,” says the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). It “has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma,” as well as for conditions such as bad temper, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, sleeping disorders, excessive worrying, and more. When used in conjunction with other traditional therapy methods, it can be very effective in treating these conditions.


How Can EMDR Help You?

Is EMDR for you? If you’re suffering from major trauma caused by an accident, combat experiences, or a breakup, you may be enduring distressing symptoms or overwhelming body sensations and emotions. These include intrusive and painful thoughts of the event, upsetting nightmares or flashbacks, evasion of memories of the incident, and increased arousal. The traumatic images and feelings can give rise to complications such as sleep difficulties, temper outbursts, fidgetiness, or difficulty in concentrating.

An EMDR specialist will work with you to help free your brain from blocked memories so you can achieve healing and live a productive, meaningful life in your present state of being. Research has also indicated that EMDR can effectively treat medically unexplained physical symptoms, such as gastrointestinal problems, lethargy, and burnout.

If you don’t have disturbing events that bother you, but instead are limited by negative self-beliefs, such as lack of motivation or difficulty in trusting others, EMDR can also be a beneficial treatment option for you. Negative habits and thought patterns can significantly affect your psychological and emotional health, relationships, and performance. EMDR can help you overcome these self-perceptions and boost your confidence to reach your full potential.


Altering Painful Memories to Achieve Emotional Health

While part of the EMDR treatment involves bringing up painful memories for processing, the procedure itself will not physically hurt you. Whatever pain is felt can be adeptly managed if you find a competent practitioner with whom you can form a good working alliance.

If there are traumatic memories you have been repressing for years, it’s time to liberate yourself from that emotional distress. Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC, independently contracts with therapists who specialize in EMDR. The right-fit professional will guide you through the eight phases of the treatment process and help you achieve healing for your emotional pain.

You’re probably tired of carrying the burden of old memories and getting more tired as you relive them again and again. Take the first step to feel better. Consider addressing your emotional issues with the EMDR experts independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC. One of them is the perfect match who can help break down the cage that holds you in the past. With EMDR, you can ultimately bounce back to a happy and productive present and a fulfilling future.

Call today to request an appointment.


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  • Kristin Vernon, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Divorce, Adjustment Disorders, Mood Disorders, Coping Skills, Parenting, Family Conflict, Marital Conflict, Relationship Issues
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    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gretchen Montesanto, MA, LPC, NCC

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Teens, Individuals, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Stress, LGBT, Adjustment Disorder, Motivation, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Military Spouses

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    Location: Southern Pines, NC
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    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Jaime J. Fitzpatrick MS, LPCS, LCAS

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Families and Couples, Anxiety, PTSD, Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Depression, Military Life Issues, Adjustment Disorder, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Addictions, Emotional Disturbance, Coping Skills, Impulsivity, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash

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    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
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    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC
  • Kathryn Wiens, PsyD. HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adult, Individuals, Couples and Families.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC
  • Tracy Goldberg, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Individuals, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Children and Families. Attention Deficit, Oppositional Defiance, Behavioral Issues, Peer Relationships, Family Conflict, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting Anxiety, ADHD, Self-Esteem Issues, Family Conflict/Divorce, Marriage Counseling, Adjustment Disorders, Relationship Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Mood Disorders, Parent Skill Building, Christian Counseling upon request
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    Location: Southern Pines, NC