Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can help you see the world in a positive way again, and can be a powerful tool in our multi-dimensional approach to treatment.
When a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time", and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories can have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma, just as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
EMDR demonstrates that a similar sequence of healing events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, our team can help clients activate their natural healing processes.
Links for Additional Information:
- Visit the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) website
EMDR is available at our Spokane Valley location.