PTSD & Trauma Therapy using EMDR
Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
EMDR helps you heal from traumatic events and stop reliving painful past memories in order to experience life in the present. Upon completion of successful EMDR treatment, you will still remember what happened, yet you will not be overwhelmed with painful emotions or physical sensations when recalling memories of the incident.
Carrie specializes in treating trauma using EMDR, whether it’s big T trauma or little t trauma. Trauma isn’t just about what happened, it’s also about how you interpreted what happened and even what support (or lack thereof) you had after a traumatic experience.
Trauma has many different impacts and consequences and two people can experience the same event and for one person it’s traumatizing, and for the other it’s not.
In addition to processing through a traumatic memory, EMDR helps shift core negative beliefs to more neutral and even positive beliefs.
We can often know something in our rational mind, yet not believe it in our body at the same time. Our unconscious beliefs are often driving our behavior. This is one of many reasons why somatic therapy that examines the connection between the body and mind, such as EMDR is so effective.
EMDR THERAPY TO HEAL FROM TRAUMA
What is EMDR and how does it work?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based practice used in psychotherapy to treat trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and phobias. EMDR helps facilitate the brain’s natural healing processes through bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping.
During a traumatic or stressful event, the brain does not process information as it normally would. When overwhelmed, information can get stuck or stored in the brain in unhelpful ways allowing past events to negatively affect you in the present. The old stored information can be triggered in the present and can cause you to have flashbacks or be triggered by similar thoughts, feelings, or bodily sensations from when the trauma occurred. This can impact the way a person views the world and how they relate with others.
EMDR uses eye movements (similar to what occurs during REM sleep) to help facilitate information processing and reduce the effects of trauma and the underlying negative beliefs.
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What symptoms does EMDR treat?
Sexual assault & sexual abuse
Physical, Emotional & Sexual Abuse
Flashbacks & Nightmares
Grief & Loss
Painful or Disturbing Memories
Self-esteem issues & negative core beliefs
EMDR Therapy Intensives
EMDR is often done in weekly 50 minute sessions, however if you are looking for more immediate relief from symptoms, it can be helpful to do extended 75-minute to 90-minute weekly sessions or an EMDR intensive.
An “intensive” format, is an extended session where multiple sessions are completed in one day. EMDR Intensives can vary anywhere from a half day format (3 hours) to full day (6 hours) depending on the type of trauma and treatment goals.
Reach out to do a free 30-minute consultation to determine if an EMDR intensive is the right fit for you!