EMDR Therapy, How Can it Help Me?
You’ve experienced disturbing events in your past and find that it often impacts your daily life. You feel anxious, confused, and fearful. You suffer from irritability, depression, or strong mood swings. You’ve tried therapy before, but you continue to struggle. You have awareness and understanding of the trauma you’ve been through, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t change your reaction to stress.
EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of counseling that helps individuals feel less disturbed and less triggered by traumatic memories.
Signs you may benefit from EMDR
Trauma symptoms are specific to the individual experiencing them and may present differently in each person. Below are some signs that you may benefit from participating in EMDR.
- Repeatedly remembering an upsetting event
- Feeling stuck
- Understanding you aren’t to blame but still feeling that the trauma was your fault
- Having guilt or shame
- Feeling depressed
- Feeling confused
- Experiencing frequent worry, anxiety, and fear
- Have tried therapy in the past but continue to struggle with the same things
How EMDR Therapy Works
EMDR Therapy helps treat trauma through the body’s natural ability to heal itself. EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation (or alternating left and right movements) to help the patient process trauma memories so that these memories become less upsetting and disturbing. Bilateral stimulation can involve having the patient look from left to right, tap on their legs or chest, or hold tactile buzzers in their hands.
What if I’m scared to do EMDR Therapy?
EMDR therapy can be a very helpful but also an intense process. Prior to starting EMDR in therapy, your therapist will first help you develop and strengthen your coping skills. The initial goals of trauma therapy are to ensure you have a toolbox full of helpful techniques to use if you begin to feel anxious or triggered. My approach as an EMDR therapist is to make sure I help you learn and master skills such as mindfulness, deep breathing, and grounding before moving forward with EMDR reprocessing.
Getting started with EMDR
I offer online EMDR Therapy in the following areas:
Nashville, Tennessee – Brentwood, Tennessee – Augusta, Georgia
Please fill out the contact form below to request more information or set up an appointment!