(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

773688718Try to avoid dwelling on it.

Trauma – you suppress it, overlook it, and conceal it because it is too unbearable to confront.

However, trauma continues to resurface – as an event from the past, the distressing memories, the abuse, and the trauma.

How can you move beyond that traumatic experience when even a glance makes you fear a total unraveling?

Together, that’s how.

Using a blend of EMDR and Somatic awareness, I will assist you in cultivating the resilience and abilities needed for trauma recovery. Initially, my focus will be on guiding you to understand the nature of trauma and its effects on both the mind and body.

2201004301The issues are in our tissues.

Not everyone finds traditional talk therapy suitable, and it may not be the most effective method for addressing specific issues, particularly when it comes to trauma.

Our body holds the pain of our past. In addressing trauma and its symptoms, it’s crucial to tap into the implicit memory (the unconscious and automatic aspects) and subsequently enable the energy from these memories to move through the nervous system, facilitating discharge.

These unconscious processes don’t reside in the cognitive part of your brain, so resolving them requires more than conversation.

As long as the trauma remains unresolved in your body, it will keep resurfacing and adversely affecting your life. How will it ever get better?

EMDR treats both the body and the mind.

Recent findings in psychology and neuroscience suggest that a practical approach to trauma treatment involves integrating both the body and the mind. EMDR is a potent, efficient, and swift tool for achieving this integration.

EMDR utilizes “bilateral stimulation,” involving back-and-forth eye movements, to assist your brain and body in processing memories in a way that diminishes their emotional intensity.

Although initially created for trauma, studies indicate that EMDR is a beneficial tool for various concerns, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, and chronic pain.

2191266305Uncover the core of the problem.

Research consistently supports the effectiveness of EMDR, but how does it operate? Initially, it resembles typical therapy with conversations and skill-building in emotional regulation if needed. We work together to comprehend how these issues have impacted and continue influencing you. As we identify “targets,” the process takes on a unique form.

I ask you to recall specific images of the distressing experience and related body sensations, emotions, and negative thinking patterns we’ve identified. As you keep these in your mind and body, you engage in ‘dual attention tasks’ or ‘bilateral stimulation,’ which may involve back-and-forth eye movements, tapping your body alternately, or holding vibrating “tappers” in your hands.

By concentrating on the elements of distressing or traumatic events and simultaneously involving ‘bilateral stimulation’ and ‘dual attention,’ we activate mechanisms that enable these disruptive memories to process, aligning with your brain and body’s innate adaptive functions. I understand this sounds like a lot, but the objective is to diminish the emotional intensity associated with the memory and cultivate more positive, adaptive thought patterns.

While EMDR doesn’t erase the pain of past experiences, it helps to alter your connection with them, liberating you from their grip. Many individuals notice that their symptoms and behaviors naturally change once they address the core of these concerns.

You’re not obligated to remain captive to your past.

I recognize that delving into difficult past experiences may not be inviting. Despite your efforts to avoid these matters, it’s clear that this strategy hasn’t been successful.

While using EMDR, we can help you grow through what you go through, allowing you to quit dealing with the past and start living in the present.

Contact me today for a free 20-minute consult to see if EMDR might suit you: angel@angelhirsch.com, call/text (512) 661-2912, or complete the form below.

Once we both determine that you’re ready, we will use EMDR to help your future healing.