What Is EMDR Therapy?
Traumatic experiences activate your fight, flight, or freeze response. In many cases, trauma causes your brain to freeze up or shut down. Then, the memory of the event can continue to activate the same reaction in your brain. Each time you experience a trigger or a memory arises, you may feel paralyzed or overwhelmed. However, changing how your brain experiences the memory stops you from feeling frozen in fear. Now, your brain has a chance to truly process and heal from the trauma.
EMDR primarily treats trauma and PTSD. It targets memories that are intensely emotional and painful to relive. Your memories might make you freeze up, or they may trigger a panic attack. EMDR therapy helps you reprocess your trauma in a way that avoids these responses. When you can recall your traumatic memories without entering fight-or-flight mode or having an anxiety attack, you can live your life without constant fear of triggers.
Although EMDR therapy is mainly used to address trauma, it can also help with depression, anxiety, phobias, and many other mental health concerns. Our past experiences often contribute to our current mental health struggles, so processing those old memories is vital for improving our mental and emotional wellness. Maybe your painful memories are making it hard for you to overcome your depression or dismiss your anxious thoughts. EMDR can help you revisit those experiences and reduce their emotional hold over you.
What to Expect
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