EMDR & Therapy
Life can be both beautiful and challenging. Throughout our lives, we come into contact with experiences that may be described as scary or too much for us to process at that time. In most cases, our brains and our bodies have the ability to fully adapt from these traumas. In other situations, these traumas get stuck in maladaptive ways and become attached to certain images, emotions, negative thoughts, or body sensations. It is here that these past traumas can negatively impact the way that we navigate the world, thus creating an inner-conflict that can disrupt our lives and the lives of those around us.
Although the memories of these traumas may never be erased, our bodies and our minds have the ability to heal and we can learn to relate to these traumas in healthier ways. The beauty of therapy is that it offers us the ability to understand how we relate to ourselves and how we relate to others. It is through this process we can further gain control in how we show up in the world and for the ones we love.
What is EMDR?
(EMDR) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1980s that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In EMDR, the person being treated recalls distressing experiences whilst doing bilateral stimulation, such as side-to-side eye movement or physical stimulation, such as tapping either side of the body.
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."