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From PTSD to Panic Attacks, EMDR Can Treat a Wide Variety of Trauma-Related Issues

An overwhelming percentage of the United States population has some experience with trauma, which affects people of all ages. While the events may be in the past or still ongoing, the hold that trauma can have on you casts a wide net over your physical, mental, and emotional health.

At Southlake Counseling, our team of mental health experts, led by Kimberly Krueger, MSW, LCSW, has extensive experience helping clients break free from the lasting hold that trauma can have on your life, or the lives of your loved ones. 

One treatment, in particular, has garnered great results for trauma patients -- eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Here’s a closer look at how trauma can affect your life and how EMDR can help.

Behind the trauma

According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, trauma “occurs when a person is overwhelmed by events or circumstances and responds with intense fear, horror, and helplessness.” As you can see by this definition, there are any number of events or situations that can lead to a trauma response. 

The following are just a few of the more common causes of trauma:

In fact, trauma can even encompass historical, generational, or cultural issues.

The impact of trauma

Whatever the precipitating event, trauma can have a lasting effect on your physical, mental, and emotional health, leading to:

Moving away from mental health issues, trauma can take a physical toll on you as well. Trauma can sometimes be linked to:

As you can see by these lists, the effects of untreated or unaddressed trauma can be very serious.

Releasing the trauma through EMDR

Each person processes trauma differently, but if the experience becomes lodged in your brain, the problem typically won’t go away on its own. This is where EMDR psychotherapy comes in.

EMDR is an eight-phase technique in which we gently stimulate your brain into recalling your trauma, then work through the trauma to relieve your psychological stress. The stimuli used may be moving lights or sounds that we deliver through headphones. Whatever the stimuli, the goal is to keep your brain from reacting to the trauma by focusing its attention elsewhere.

In doing this, you can recall your trauma, at your own pace, without distressing your brain.

After you recall your trauma in the first phase, one of our caring therapists works with you to address the emotional pain in phase two. During phases three to six, we work on techniques and coping mechanisms that can help you better control your emotional and behavioral responses, and finally, work towards closure in phases seven and eight.

If you or a loved one are dealing with the effects of trauma, please contact one of our three locations in Charlotte, Davidson, or Hickory North Carolina, to learn more about how EMDR therapy can help. You can call or request an appointment directly from our website.

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