Trauma therapy is a specialized treatment that focuses on helping people cope with the negative effects of a distressing event.
Sometimes, the most painful experiences are the ones we remember most vividly, causing seemingly endless negative emotions and heightened sensitivities. Experiencing a traumatic event can make you feel alone and disconnected from loved ones. You might feel afraid of things you once enjoyed. It can be debilitating. These intense emotions are very real — they are your mind and body’s natural way of protecting you from danger. By means of EMDR and CBT, trauma therapy helps you manage severe emotions and symptoms which often arise after experiencing a traumatic event.
What is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma physically changes our brains. In order to heal, you need to retrain your mind and body to react to triggers in a different way. This re-training can be done naturally through the therapeutic process.
It is important to work with a therapist who is trained in EMDR, Ego State therapy, and CBT.
How Does EMDR Therapy Work?
With EMDR, we search out the unresolved memories that are tied to your current symptoms or discomfort. Then one by one, we revisit them and have another chance to understand them and resolve them. This time in a way that we are prepared and it is not overwhelming. After each memory is resolved, any new experiences that happen now will not cause those old things to come back up from the past. So, once we are done with EMDR, any uncomfortable feelings, negative thoughts about yourself, and even unwanted responses will probably get much better. With EMDR, instead of providing tools to deal with your problem (like in regular talk therapy), we will resolve the problem – the unresolved memories. As each memory is resolved, the unwanted emotions, negative beliefs, and symptoms that go along with that memory often fade away.