Trauma & EMDR

 

Surviving a trauma such as an accident, a crime, or abuse can leave you feeling a wide range of emotions. Some people experience guilt, anxiety, or depression after a traumatic event or series of events. Other common reactions include intrusive memories of the event, nightmares, or efforts to avoid any little thing that might remind you of the trauma. Sometimes it is hard to imagine ever having a normal life or relationships after going through such an event.

The good news is that therapy can help reduce or even eliminate the symptoms you feel after a trauma. You may not have chosen to live through a trauma but often choosing how and when you enter into therapy and the healing process can be an empowering step to feeling like you have your life back again. I use EMDR (www.emdr.com or www.emdria.org) and cognitive therapy to help people work towards healing from their traumas. These modalities are proven effective. Many survivors are reluctant to start therapy, as they do not want to “stir it all up again.” But we will take therapy at your pace and I will be there to support you each step of the way. I am also experienced with and sensitive to the needs of teens or children who have survived trauma.

I invite you to call or e-mail today for your free 20-minute phone consult to find out how we can work together at reclaiming your personal power.   I accept California Victims of Crime (aka Victim Witness or Victim’s Compensation Fund) for those that qualify.

Trauma FAQ:

I survived a trauma and it still bothers me a lot to think about the incidents.  Won’t going back and talking about the past just stir it all up again?

Surviving a trauma such as an accident, a crime, or abuse can leave you feeling a wide range of emotions. Some people experience guilt, anxiety, or depression after a traumatic event or series of events. Other common reactions include intrusive memories of the event, nightmares, or efforts to avoid any little thing that might remind you of the trauma. Sometimes it is hard to imagine ever having a normal life or relationships after going through such an event.
The good news is that therapy can help reduce or even eliminate the symptoms you feel after a trauma. You may not have chosen to live through a trauma but often choosing how and when you enter into therapy and the healing process can be an empowering step to feeling like you have your life back again. I use EMDR (www.emdr.com or www.emdria.org) and cognitive therapy to help people work towards healing from their traumas. These modalities are proven effective. Many survivors are reluctant to start therapy, as they do not want to “stir it all up again.” But we will take therapy at your pace and I will be there to support you each step of the way. I am also experienced with and sensitive to the needs of teens or children who have survived trauma.

What is EMDR?


EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is a psychotherapeutic technique that is very effective at helping people reduce their emotional distress around traumatic events such as a sexual assault, surviving a violent crime, combat trauma, abuse, car accidents, and other types of trauma.  EMDR also has applications for depression, anxiety, phobias, and chronic pain.  EMDR has been extensively studied and was given the highest level of recommendation by the American Psychiatric Association in the treatment of trauma.  During EMDR, the client is in control.  Memories are not “lost” forever but clients often report that they lose their vividness or their emotional charge.  For more information, go to www.emdr.comwww.emdria.org or contact me if you have questions about how EMDR can help you.


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