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Unlocking & Healing Trauma With EMDR Therapy

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Trauma is debilitating and often difficult for most to overcome. However, there is hope with EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Dr. Francine Shapiro developed EMDR therapy in 1987. Since then, it gained popularity and now many therapeutic practices incorporate this method in treatment for trauma. EMDR is a safe, evidence-based practice that has helped many people globally. Let’s explore healing trauma with EMDR therapy more deeply:


How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR is based on the concept that the body can learn to handle trauma in a healthier way. In session, the therapist guides the patient to focus on a specific traumatic memory. As the patient focuses on the traumatic memory, the therapist guides them through bilateral stimulation, like side-to-side eye movements. This quick eye movement acts as a release valve to unlock and reprocess these memories. Then, the brain can reframe and integrate these memories in a way that lessens their emotional impact and makes everyday life easier to handle for the trauma survivor. Importantly, there are varying degrees and types of trauma. EMDR is versatile and can be adapted to treat most of them.


The Benefits of Using EMDR Therapy to Treat PTSD

EMDR therapy is a highly effective treatment for PTSD. Further, it is an empowering treatment since it does not involve the use of medication and instead relies on the client’s own rapid eye movement. Many patients find that they are better able to manage and even reduce their symptoms of PTSD, such as nightmares and flashbacks. They report a sense of closure after processing the memories associated with PTSD. Some report benefits after just a few sessions, while others need up to twelve EMDR sessions. Studies suggest the benefits of EMDR are long-lasting with a low chance of relapse.


Take The First Step

When struggling with trauma or experiencing the life-altering symptoms of PTSD, finding a therapist may feel daunting. Fortunately, skilled EMDR therapists understand the intricacies of overcoming trauma and stand at the ready to help you face it. The most important thing when looking for an EMDR therapist is to find someone you feel comfortable with and can trust to support you through this healing journey.

If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, contact Lisa Eaton Therapy today. Our experienced therapists will provide the support necessary to heal from traumatic memories. Don’t wait—your path to recovery can begin now.

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