Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Around 70% of American adults and over 35 million children experience trauma, and many go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At Southlake Counseling, in Charlotte and Davidson, North Carolina, Kimberly Krueger, MSW, LCSW, and the team offer eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), an innovative treatment to help you explore and resolve trauma. Call Southlake Counseling or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about EMDR and how it can help you recover from trauma.
What is EMDR?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy that can help you heal from the lasting emotional, mental, and physical effects of trauma. EMDR includes eight phases of treatment that allow your mind to recover in a process similar to the way your body heals from a physical wound.
When you have a wound, your body works to repair the tissue, but if you have debris or bacteria trapped in your injury, it causes irritation and infection. Trauma is a wound to your mind, and when it’s not processed effectively, the memories remain in your psyche and can cause long-lasting damage. EMDR, like an antibiotic or procedure to remove the debris from a physical wound, helps extract the painful, traumatic memories so that you can process your trauma and heal.
How can EMDR help me?
EMDR is suitable for children, adolescents, and adults. The team at Southlake Counseling incorporates EMDR into personalized treatment plans for many conditions, including:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic attacks
- Complicated grief
- Distressing memories
- Pain disorders
- Performance anxiety
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Personality disorders
- Body dysmorphic disorders
If you or a member of your family is struggling with the lasting effects of negative and traumatic experiences, make an appointment at Southlake Counseling for highly personalized treatment in a safe and nurturing environment.
What should I expect during EMDR?
EMDR uses sensory stimuli such as a moving light, gently vibrating handheld paddles, or tones heard through headphones. You follow the stimuli with your eyes, which stimulates your brain while you recall your trauma.
During the first phase of EMDR, you recall and explore your trauma. You and your therapist work together to help you gain insight into your history. Your distress and behaviors might start to resolve. Then, in phase two, you work on different techniques to handle your emotional pain. Next, during phases three to six, you and your therapist set targets and identify three aspects of your trauma:
- A visual image connected to your trauma
- A negative belief about yourself
- Your related emotions and body sensations
Finally, in phases seven and eight, you work on closure and examining your progress.
While EMDR is, by design, for rapid relief of trauma symptoms, if you have a long history of trauma, you may need several sessions to work through your memories and experiences and heal.
Call Southlake Counseling or make an appointment online today for personalized counseling services, including EMDR for trauma.