EMDR Therapy

There are several myths about trauma. The first is that trauma is life-threatening. People tend to think that trauma is something that comes from: combat, a serious car accident, being robbed, or attacked. The truth is trauma is subjective. Consider the two potentially traumatic events: a serious car accident and a divorce. The car accident has more capability of being life-threatening, but a divorce can deprive a person of their family, sense of belonging, money, security, and even one’s sense of self-worth. Therefore, someone does not have to encounter life-threatening event to have experienced trauma. At NuHope we utilize EMDR therapy to treat patients who have suffered trauma.

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What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye movement desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a widely studied trauma-focused therapy developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. After a person experiences trauma, he/she often has a difficult time processing what happened. Disturbing events can get struck in the brain in the form of images, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. EMDR helps individuals process their trauma, which can open the door to healing

EMDR therapy is an accelerated form of therapy, meaning that what other therapeutic approaches may accomplish in many sessions, EMDR can accomplish in significantly fewer sessions.

EMDR is not exclusive to trauma or PTSD. It can be applied across the board. It can be used for other disorders such as anxiety or any strong emotional response to an event. Emotional responses or impacts might include trauma as well as grief, job loss, eating disorders or relationship issues. If a negative feeling or memory lingers and a patient wonder’s why they still feel this way, then EMDR can be a good approach to use.

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