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EMDR: Is it for You?

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EMDR: Is It for You?

 

Some experiences can leave you with lasting memories that come crashing back into your mind, forcing you to relive the original event as if it’s happening in the present moment. Whether it’s a tragic event or something as trivial as being humiliated, the experience may continue to pop into your awareness as either flashbacks or nightmares.

Experts believe that this occurs because the brain was too overwhelmed at the time of the event to process what was going on. Instead, all the unprocessed memories are stored in the brain in raw form, and they become accessible when something triggers a recollection.

While the memories are deeply entrenched and almost impossible to erase, it is believed by many experts that
the process of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can alter how these traumatic memories are deposited within the brain. EMDR is recognized as an effective therapeutic approach in managing the distressing symptoms of major traumas.

 

Various Uses for EMDR

EMDR therapy is a powerful trauma treatment endorsed by several organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. It has earned a recommendation from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.

The therapy is used to treat the symptoms of a wide range of emotional conditions and persistent, low-grade difficulties originating from trauma. It is particularly helpful in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), where sufferers experience intrusive memories of the event, angry outbursts, difficulty in concentrating, and other medically unexplained symptoms. Increasingly, EMDR therapy is also being used to treat those with less dramatic life experiences that still have a negative impact on their sense of self.

More than an intervention, EMDR therapy is a comprehensive treatment approach that addresses multiple issues and challenges. Many of these disturbing events may have occurred in childhood, involving hurtful relationships with family or peers. If the unprocessed memories are taking the helm and causing depression, anxiety, phobias, and low self-esteem, EMDR can help.

 

How EMDR Works

When a traumatic event is experienced, it disrupts the body’s natural cognitive and neurological processing mechanism. The overwhelmed brain may have difficulty processing the memory. The memory can be stored in an isolated network, including the associated negative emotions, physical impressions, and beliefs. Allowing unprocessed memories to take control can affect your present neurological processing mechanism and prevent you from doing things because of insecurity, fear, or grief.

EMDR is a way of reprocessing these traumatic memories to reduce their impact and help you develop or restore a self-preservation mechanism. EMDR involves an eight-phase approach to address past, present, and future memories. The goal is to reduce the distressing symptoms in the shortest time by combining these steps with other therapeutic protocols and procedures.

 

Life-Changing Benefits of EMDR

  • Reduces the frequency of re-experiencing traumatic memories
  • Reprocesses life’s most disturbing events
  • Provides the mechanism to manage trauma memories despite potential triggers
  • Enables engagement in pleasurable activities and fulfilling relationships
  • Transforms negative self-beliefs into positive ones
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Serves as a powerful tool for self-improvement
  • Helps prevent burnout

 

When Disturbing Memories Haunt You

Reactions in the present can be triggered by memories. The vague images may be accompanied by sensations, emotions, and beliefs that cause distress. At times, the memories can debilitate you and affect the way how you interact with people or respond to regular life events.

If you have recurring memories that make you feel insecure, fearful, or depressed, don’t blame yourself. These could be unprocessed, improperly stored memories of a negative experience. This means the concern could be physical in nature, and can be remedied with a therapy approach like EMDR.

 

Letting Go of the Past

Are you an adult troubled by old feelings and negative memories that are affecting you in a negative way? Do you feel estranged from others? Is a loved one non-expressive about a traumatic experience? Has a painful or distressing event made your child upset, sad, or scared? If not properly addressed, past trauma may take its toll on your relationships, your career, and other aspects of your life.

Don’t let the past rule you or your loved one. EMDR therapy might just be what you need to break free from it. At Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC, there are independently contracted counselors who specialize in EMDR therapy. Once you make a call, your case will be referred to an EMDR specialist who can help you work on your concerns to attain an improved state of emotional health.

If you want to get past your past, take control of your present, and look ahead to a productive, fulfilling future, then EMDR therapy is a good choice for you. Call now to request an appointment.

Confidential / Private Sessions

Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, caring, and relaxed atmosphere in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst/Aberdeen/Raeford area. These independently contracted therapists/counselors assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, the independently contracted therapists with Carolina Counseling Services-Southern Pines, NC are able and happy to assist you!

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC

Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, NC, Montgomery County, NC, Richmond County, NC, Randolph County, NC, Chatham County, NC

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  • Gail Gustafson, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 9+) Adolescents and Adults, Individuals, Couples and Families, PTSD/Trauma, EMDR, Adoption, Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Parenting, family, couples and marriage counseling
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