Trauma can take many forms. Some people only think in terms of abuse or witnessing catastrophes. Of course those things are trauma, but sometimes trauma consists of what didn’t happen rather than what did, such as ongoing emotional neglect by a parent or partner.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can help heal the aftereffects of both kinds of trauma, what is referred to as “Big T” and “Little T” traumas. Even “Little T” traumas can have a long-term effect on how someone relates to others and feels about him or herself. EMDR won’t make you forget what happened, but it will no longer feel disturbing to you. The thoughts or beliefs that you may hold about yourself as a result of what happened may change for the better, too. For example, many people think that if someone important to them like a parent or partner did not treat them well or abandoned them, it must mean there is something wrong with them and not the person who mistreated them. Distorted beliefs like this can result in low self-esteem, depression and feelings of being unlovable. These beliefs can interfere with your ability to achieve your goals in life. EMDR can eliminate these false beliefs so that you can feel self-worth and healthy self-confidence. There is a syndrome common in people who have experienced trauma: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, intrusive memories, nightmares and hypervigilance. One of the most effective treatments of PTSD is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am fully trained and certified in EMDR. EMDR is also effective for depression, anxiety, phobias, and for enhancing performance.
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