(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
It’s been so long since it happened.
So why can’t I get over it?
You made it through somehow; things should be better now.
But the nightmares still happen. Sometimes, you wake up sweating in a panic.
Feelings of distress cause you to have periods of restlessness, resulting in a lack of sleep or depression.
Flashbacks still take you right back to that same place.
You’ve fought so hard to get away from that event, but it keeps reappearing, causing those negative feelings to occur.
That awful thing happened to you, and no matter how hard you try to forget it, something triggers memories of that event as if it occurred again.
You spend so much energy trying to make sure it never happens again – but it doesn’t help.
Your mind takes you right back like you never even left.
Holding it together day in and day out is exhausting.
You’re so tired of having to fight to feel normal.
The people you should trust sometimes don’t know how to help, and you don’t see how they can help.
It’s almost impossible to communicate what you’re experiencing, much less how to stop it.
At this point, it seems impossible to move forward.
It feels impossible, but relief is possible.
There are many different types of trauma which can be divided into ‘Big T’ traumas or ‘Little t’ traumas. A trauma is any event that a person experiences that is hard to work through or gets stuck in. We all experience trauma to one degree or another.
There are “Big T” traumas, such as rape, childhood physical, emotional or sexual abuse, natural disasters, car accidents, first responders, or domestic violence. There are also “Little t” traumas, such as divorce, loss of a loved one, or bullying.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a trauma-based approach that can help you reprocess the emotional stress caused by your traumatic experience. By reprocessing, you become less sensitive to potential triggers, allowing you to move forward and heal from that traumatic experience. EMDR uses eye movements, or any form of bilateral stimulations, to reprocess the traumas we have experienced to reduce the effects on our physical and mental health.
The fear in your life from trauma doesn’t have to affect you any longer. You may never forget the memory, but the fear and overwhelm can be reduced.
Reach out today at (404) 692-3615 to schedule your 15-minute free consultation to learn more about the process and how EMDR can help!