Clinicians who practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, believe that the mind can naturally heal and recover from trauma, as long as it is allowed to process that trauma gently and effectively. Normal processing typically occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. EMDR implements a similar technique by using bi-lateral stimulation, which can be done by using lights, sound, or touch.
During trauma, we are often stuck in fight, flight, or freeze mode, disabling us from processing what’s happening in a healthy way. EMDR at Summerlin Therapy & Couples Counseling can help you move on from the emotional and psychological weight that trauma carries with it.
What will EMDR at Summerlin Therapy be like?
Don’t worry, we will not jump into anything that you are not ready for, and you will be in control of the pace and intensity. In order to neutralize the painful emotions associated with the presenting memory, you will be asked to revisit the experience, but you will not have to recall all of the details. Your therapist, Jessica Jane, will ask about the level of disturbance that you feel in association to the memory. At each appointment, the goal will be to move down at least one level, but sometimes, a memory can go from a 10 (highest disturbance) to a 0 (no disturbance) in just one session.
Is EMDR like hypnosis?
No. You will be fully conscious, awake, and in-control the entire time. Some clients have reported that it does feel a little like meditation, because of its relaxing and healing nature. Although there are many different ways to conduct EMDR, Summerlin Therapy & Couples Counseling prefers to use touch, by gently tapping the tops of your hands. Touch has been proven to have healing qualities and numerous benefits for humans. If you are uncomfortable with touch, however, you may elect to use sound or light stimulation instead.
Is EMDR only for people with PTSD?
Nope! EMDR is successful at helping with all types of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, stress, grief, addictions, and more. Additionally, EMDR does not solely apply to the past, but can be used to get clarity and confidence for future events as well. In general, EMDR is safe for all clients and can be used for a wide variety of problems. Talk to Jessica Jane at Summerlin Therapy & Couples Counseling to see if EMDR therapy is the right fit for you.