Our minds and bodies may hold unprocessed trauma in ways that can cause intense anxiety, physical pain and illness, difficulty with sleep and even dissociation. EMDR is one of the most powerful tools I have found to help people move through trauma. Trauma can come from physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, and smaller injuries that build up over a lifetime. We may carry these traumas (both big and small) in our body and mind so that they feel ever present. This affects our self-esteem, beliefs about ourselves, and relationships with ourselves and others.
By developing internal resources and strengths and then using the bilateral stimulation, the mind can begin to move through these traumas. While there is no therapy that can erase what has happened, the traumas can become memories. You know they happened but you also know they are no longer happening. You can also reach new understanding of the strengths that helped you make it through and new beliefs about yourself.
● Helps the mind heal from trauma
● Develops and strengthens internal resources and resilience
● Integrates mind and body approaches