Defining the problem can be difficult…
When you have a feeling that just doesn’t sit well, it’s almost impossible to go through your day without that feeling interrupting. It’s almost as if a grey cloud is hovering above you and following you around. You start to feel bad about yourself, super sad, and unmotivated to do anything.
You tend to be your own worst enemy.
You may let your thoughts talk yourself out of doing something you’ve been wanting to do. Or, you may start arguments you don’t mean to start and later feel sorry for.
You’re not sure what is going on, but you know you haven’t been yourself for a while and you’re motivated for a change.
Gain insights into your patterns.
Your mood can shift for various reasons. You’ve had a tough few months at your job, your relationship is struggling, or maybe you’re just not where you want to be. Mood changes often come with behavior changes. These can be so subtle you barely notice them. A change in temperament, canceling your gym membership, staying in on the weekends are just a few examples of things people start to do when they experience mood issues. You tell yourself you had a bad day at work, or you can workout at home – that the cost isn’t worth it anymore, or all of the places you used to go out to are boring now.
You rationalize your behavior changes, which keeps you stuck and unmotivated.
What you really need is to understand the underlying issue – Trauma.
Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. It can happen in a split second or over a long period of time. You may have experienced a car crash or had something happen to you at work. Or, maybe, you’re just getting out of an abusive relationship or have had long-term issues within your relationship with your mother or father. Whatever the experience was that you register as trauma, EMDR may be able to help.
The fact is, that your body and mind hold onto trauma in a way that can be detrimental to your livelihood and overall well-being. It may change your overall mood, how your body fights off illness or stores physical tension and pain, how well you sleep, or your appetite.
What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?
EMDR targets traumatic memories through the combination of bilateral eye movements and storytelling.Identifying core negative beliefs about yourself, the associated key memories that support those beliefs, and reprocessing through those memories will allow your brain to restructure your sense of Self. The outcome of the formulated treatment is to experience the painful memory in a different emotional way where you feel more empowered and in control of your life.
Who is EMDR for?
Negative core beliefs and traumatic memories can be formed in your mind as early as childhood through neglect, abuse, or bullying. EMDR can be effective for individuals of all ages from childhood to adulthood. It can allow you to access memories from your past and present to reprocess the experience. EMDR has been studied to be an effective treatment modality for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as recent traumatic events including sexual assault or car accidents that have impacted your daily functioning.
Common EMDR Topics
- trauma (past and recent; physical, sexual, or emotional; manmade/natural disasters)
- confidence building
- increase self-awareness
- increase self-esteem
- anger management
- resolving past/present relationships
- fear of upcoming major life adjustments
- past family centered issues
- mood regulation
- addictions (substance use, pornography, gambling, etc.)
- anxiety related to coming out (gender identity/sexual orientation)
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