All of us have experienced traumas in our lives but some of us are still seriously affected by the memories of them.
If you are, it's time to get help.
EMDR is, in my opinion, the optimal way to treat traumatic memories.
EMDR is unlike any other form of therapy.
It is not a form of hypnosis. You remain in control during the whole process.
EMDR appears to use the same processing mechanism in the brain that is used during rapid eye-movement sleep - the sleep we all go through at night when we are dreaming.
That means that EMDR feels like a very natural process.
Your brain does the work for you in a very natural way.
In the therapy, eye-movement is often used to trigger the processing.
Your job is to just let your brain do the work.
It is my job to deal with all the complexities and so there is no pressure on you to 'get it right.'
There is no way you can get it wrong.
And, if it feels too uncomfortable, you can stop at any time.
This rarely happens but it's important for you to know that you are in control.
The problem with trauma is that traumatic memories remain isolated and unprocessed. That means that when you remember (or are reminded of) the trauma, the memory comes flooding back with all the same feelings and images.
EMDR changes that.
After processing you will be able to remember what happened but the feelings will no longer be disturbing and the incident will feel like something that happened in the past and the memories will no longer haunt you.
So, please don't suffer any more than you have to.
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