After a traumatic experience, many people keep having flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety for months or even years. You can overcome these challenging symptoms with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), a specialized technique offered by the highly trained team at PMA Assessment and Counseling in Cleveland, Ohio. EMDR is proven to help your brain deal with the memories, freeing you from ongoing trauma-based symptoms. Call the office today or book an in-person or telehealth appointment through online booking to learn if EMDR can help your mental health symptoms.
EMDR is a therapy for treating the emotional and behavioral symptoms caused by trauma. This therapeutic approach doesn’t rely on conventional talk therapy. Instead, it uses eye movements (and their effect on your brain) to help you recall, process, and overcome trauma’s long-lasting impact.
EMDR was first used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Since then, it has proven to effectively ease the symptoms of other conditions associated with trauma, including:
These mental health disorders may begin with a traumatic experience or develop in a person with a prior trauma. For example, a major life transition like moving can cause significant trauma and lead to depression, PTSD, or anxiety.
EMDR is based on the fact that the brain doesn’t fully process information during a traumatic event. As a result, you can’t deal with the experience and manage your emotions. Then, you keep having symptoms like anxiety, depression, anger, nightmares, and flashbacks.
EMDR lets you reconnect with your emotions and memories by allowing your brain to fully process the experience, store the memories, and free you from emotional stress and trauma-related symptoms.
EMDR takes about 6-12 sessions. Your healing progresses through several sessions (stages), beginning with planning your therapy, explaining what to expect, and teaching skills for handling emotional distress between EMDR sessions.
Then, you begin EMDR. During each session, you think about one part of the traumatic event while your therapist introduces tapping sounds or finger movements.
You move your eyes from side to side in time with the finger movement or sounds. Eye movement shares a unique connection with your brain, distracting your brain and lowering your stress as you remember the trauma.
As a result, your brain brings the memory into your consciousness so you can finally process the experience. You will still have memories, but they no longer have the power to trigger intense, adverse emotional and behavioral reactions.
After EMDR ends, you have several additional sessions so your therapist can follow your progress and help with any residual problems.
Don’t hesitate to call PMA Assessment and Counseling or book online to request an in-person or telehealth appointment. They will evaluate your challenges and determine if EMDR can help you regain a thriving life.