Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming
who you need to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand,
doesn’t require us to change who we are.
The Gifts of Imperfection.
What is EMDR therapy? Have you heard about it before? I talked about it a bit in my last blog post so I wanted to explain a little in this post. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is an psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and other mental health problems. It has been said that EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages, especially who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – it is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD. Along with PTSD diagnosed clients, EMDR therapy can help people who have witnessed or been a victim to disaster (car accidents, rape, murder), people who suffer from addictions, burn victims, and people who suffer from anxiety attacks.
The goal of EMDR therapy is to work towards helping the client heal, so they can return to a normal, everyday life. First, the client will need to be on a journey to help move traumatic and blocked energy.
How exactly does EMDR therapy work? The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. The therapist then holds her fingers from the clients face and begins to move them back and forth like a windshield wiper. The client tracks the movements moving their eyes back and forth. The more intensely the client focuses on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings.
What types of symptoms does a person need for EMDR to be helpful? There are many symptoms that a person could have or could even develop during EMDR therapy. The most common are high anxiety, lack of motivation, depression, memories/flashbacks of a traumatic experience, trust difficulties, or relationship problems. EMDR therapy has been shown to help clients replace their anxiety and fears with positive images, emotions and thoughts.
In my first session of therapy, my counselor agreed that I had post traumatic stress disorder due to the traumatic events that went on in my life last May. She suggested that we start out by doing EMDR therapy and see where it leads too. I have currently attended two sessions with this therapy and I can say that it has helped a little bit. I wont lie, it is very hard. One of the hardest things I have ever done, but I can totally see how it is successful with many PTSD clients. I can already see how I went from “victim” to “survivor” and how I could go all the way to “thriver” (see chart above).
It has been a long, hard year but I knew I couldn’t start what I have started until a couple weeks ago. I am very optimistic for the future and can’t wait to see where this mental health and therapy journey leads me.