Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an effective treatment for trauma. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to process painful memories that appear to be stuck in the nervous system in their original emotional state. EMDR can be compared to REM sleep but you are fully conscious throughout the entire process. EMDR Therapy can be beneficial for adults, adolescents and children who have experienced trauma.
According to EMDRIA, "Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress." There are several other conditions that can be treated using EMDR Therapy such as: "Panic Attacks, Complicated Grief, Dissociative Disorders, Disturbing Memories, Phobias, Pain Disorders, Performance Anxiety, Stress Reduction, Addictions, Sexual and/or Physical Abuse, Body Dysmorphic Disorders, and Personality Disorders." http://www.emdria.org
Your unique experiences shape who you are and have a tremendous impact on the people around you. Some ways trauma can invade your life is through nightmares, flashbacks, sleep problems, hypervigilance, and trouble concentrating. EMDR can help you target the trauma and process it. The memory won't disappear but EMDR therapy can change your perspective on the incident and help you to gain insight.
The ACE's study found a strong correlation between early trauma and emotional & health problems later in life. A counselor can help you deal with trauma and therapy will reduce the risk of these negative outcomes. Click on the link below to find out your ACE's Score: