EMDR

EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a method of psychotherapy that effectively relieves the haunting quality of overwhelming experiences by transforming how those memories are held in the mind and body. Decades of extensive research has made EMDR the treatment of choice for resolving post-traumatic stress.

We often think of trauma as a huge event, like a car accident or childhood abuse. However, EMDR addresses any kind of disturbing experience that has lingered and affected your life. For instance, when a teacher humiliates a third grader who, then believes, “I’m stupid,” or a boy is punished for crying and then is unable to express sadness, these seemingly innocuous experiences are actually significant in a person’s life.

EMDR is a process of working with the traumatic memory by recalling it in order to release it. While the mechanics of EMDR are not completely understood, it is thought that the bilateral stimulation utilized in EMDR evokes a REM-like state in the brain that allows incomplete experiences to be safely processed and integrated as normal memories.

As traumatic experiences are integrated, perceptions of the experience spontaneously shift, negative beliefs naturally give way to grace, the body releases old tensions, emotions ease. Symptoms of anxiety, shame, nightmares, and hypervigilance, diminish or disappear.

EMDR creates amazing results and deep healing experiences. If you suffer from PTSD, or the after-effects of trauma, chances are good that EMDR can help restore you to wholeness. EMDR takes place as an appropriate and mutually agreed-upon treatment in the context of a well-developed therapeutic relationship.

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Believing in Yourself is Crucial for Success

Believe in Yourself!

Reshaping how you see yourself and believing in yourself is crucial for success! We, humans, have a tendency to focus on believing what others say about us instead of believing who we really are. That is how we were programmed, based on our childhood experiences. But, we are not defined by how others see us! And, continuing to believe what others say can hold us back from succeeding in life.

I remember working with one client who was extremely self-sabotaging. She was so unaware of her beauty, inside and out. She was highly-intelligent, beautiful, active, fit, funny, and warm. Yet, she did not recognize any of these qualities. Once she began believing in herself, everything in her life changed for the better! She succeeded at all the things she attempted. This is evidence that believing in yourself is crucial for success. Sometimes we are so off the mark when it comes to how we feel in comparison to how others see us. Most of you wouldn’t treat your worst enemy in the same manner that you treat yourself. Cut yourself some slack and be kinder and gentler.

Are you fairly confident and secure in your own shoes? Do you believe in your abilities and what you have to offer? Or, do you constantly question who you are as a person?  We all have our past, including the experiences that shaped who we are today. If people in your life made hurtful comments over and over, then over time you probably started believing it.  How do you reshape how you see yourself? Are you tired of being overly critical of yourself and your abilities? There is no better time than the present to start believing who you are and what you contribute to those around you. You need to see yourself in a different light and try to replace the negative self-talk with more positive and uplifting dialogue. Make a commitment to yourself to criticize less and accept yourself more.

ACTION STEPS:

1. List your achievements and successes

Make a list of all your achievements. What are you most proud of? Instead of focusing on what you don’t do well, focus on what you have done well. I know that everyone has achieved things in their lives that they should be proud of. Look at this list when feelings of self-doubt begin to arise.

2. Small steps to success

Instead of embarking on large goals that might be difficult to achieve, break them down into smaller tasks. Have a list of smaller goals that you can achieve and feel proud of. By achieving goals you, slowly build up your self-confidence and begin to rely on yourself. Instead of focusing on the 30 pounds you’d love to lose, celebrate two pounds at a time with a pat on your back.

3. Get rid of negative self-talk    

Every time you think negatively about yourself or others, you lower your standards. It is not a very attractive quality to be around someone who is always down on themselves. Start being more aware of your critical voice and replace that voice with positive dialogue. Create an affirmation to “plug” in every time that all-too-familiar voice begins playing in your head.

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