EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. That sounds like something of a mouthful, but it is actually rather simple and highly effective process of dealing with the residual effects of traumatic events in one’s life. Rosalba Stocco is a qualified and experienced provider of EMDR therapy.
“Trauma means unintegrated resource.”
How does EMDR work?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing uses bilateral stimulation of the brain to release emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. As the stressful images and feelings are remembered the brain reprocesses them by the use of the eye movement patterns, sound or tactile stimulation. The result may be a faded memory, a new perception and/or a peaceful state. This process has been used for releasing the trapped emotions as the result of rape, crime, accidents, natural disasters, war, abuse, etc. It allows you to experience the depth of your own healing power.
EMDR allows you to resolve your anxiety with or without the therapist knowing the issue. With that said, it would be wiser to work with someone you trust with the information.
EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy approved as a best practice by international health and government regulatory bodies throughout the world. EMDR effectively and efficiently eliminates the symptoms of stress and trauma and it approved by:
- The American Psychiatric Association
- The US Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs
- The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
How long does it take EMDR to work?
While most people report feeling some relief in one session, others may need two or three sessions on the same issue. Still, others may need more. The goal is always to integrate what happened and to turn it into a strength.
EMDR allows you to make connections about a situation that may have been plaguing you for a while. For example, a man, who had been angry with his father since childhood because he had raised his hand to him, 25 years later was still angry. In one session, he was able to finally release that anger and come to an understanding.
EMDR can eliminate or minimize today’s triggers. For instance, a woman felt she was being bullied at work. When we explored it, she realized it brought back memories of the powerlessness she felt when compelled to have an abortion in her teens. EMDR brought her some peace around that particular time period in her life. Thus it helped her feel empowered with her work situation as she was no longer being triggered by the earlier event. She found her confidence again.
Rosalba Stocco is an experienced provider of EMDR therapy. To find out about your options for trauma therapy in Guelph, Ontario, get in touch today. You can call or fill out the contact form.