EMDR, PTSD, and Abuse
What is EMDR?
EMDR therapy was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR is used to help individuals get in touch with and process their feelings. Using EMDR, the memory and emotional content from a traumatic incident or disturbing memory in a client's past is relieved. With EMDR, clients can get resolution and recovery from traumatic incidents more quickly than with other methods.
As a Level II trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist, I specialize in working with people burdened by a history of abuse, including childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, trauma, PTSD, disturbing memories, grief and loss, addiction, and violence. EMDR is also useful in the treatment of pain, for stress reduction and grief, and in building internal resources and strengths.
Example of EMDR for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from my Denver, Colorado, psychotherapy practice:
I saw a client recently who witnessed a murder during a gang war. She came into my office exhibiting all the signs of PTSD: sleeplessness, flashbacks, fear of a foreshortened future, startle response, stress, anxiety, and more.
The crime occurred outside of her workplace. She was reminded of the violence every day when she went to work and passed by the area. Of her many disturbing images, the most fearsome is seeing one of the wounded come toward her.
Like all PTSD victims, she feared for her safety, and was unable to function in her daily life. She was paralyzed with fear. Gang members who committed the murder all looked and dressed alike. Anyone resembling this description caused her to panic.
With EMDR, we first worked to get her to a place where passing by the scene of the crime did not trigger reoccurring memories and flashes of the violence.
Slowly, she reprocessed more of the horror she had witnessed and began to feel she had choices. Her empowerment increased. She felt relief, and her emotional distress diminished.
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