Trauma & EMDR.

We experience trauma when we our ability to cope with a situation is overwhelmed. It is a normal human response.

Traumatic events are very powerful in our lives. People often experience sleeplessness, anxiety, panic-attacks, flash-backs, inability to rest, and more when they have experienced trauma. The body is essentially continuing to try to warn you, keep you ready for bad things, and help you protect yourself.

Often though, what the body is now doing doesn’t fit your new situation. These experiences can be very distressing, but rest assured, we know how to help your body and mind re-set.

Watch the video below for a little introduction to EMDR (one very effective treatment for trauma)


What can cause trauma?

Lots of things can cause trauma, but the following things often are associated with the distressing symptoms we mentioned above. If you recognize these as things you have been through, and you are struggling with symptoms, we would love to help you care for yourself and heal:  

  • Being bullied or harassed

  • Being manipulated and lied to over and again

  • Being physically assaulted

  • Being verbally assaulted

  • Getting into an accident or unsafe situation

  • Unwanted sexual experiences

  • Hearing about extreme or dangerous events happening to those you love, or in the world

  • Being exposed to horrific scenes at work, or other images you find repulsive

  • Situations you couldn’t get out of, but we invasive or damaging to you

  • Growing up in a neglectful, or abusive environment


What will this work look like?

The first thing is to help you feel safe, secure, and learn to help your body start to relax. You will always be in control. We work with you and support you every step of the way.

There are a few elements of EMDR for trauma that are really important: understanding the underlying negative beliefs that give rise to difficult views of self and others, the emotions and body reactions to these beliefs, the memories that connect to these beliefs. We can access the memories and emotions, and connect them with more adaptive views of yourself now. This might sound complicated, but it is quite simple, and certainly a very effective method to truly heal.

EMDR uses “bilateral” stimulation, which is a fancy way of saying that we use sounds (headphones), or tappers (you hold in your hands) to stimulate one side of the brain and then the other, which simply helps the brain process information in ways it normally resists.

Why is EMDR helpful?

EMDR is not like other therapies that can stay very “in your head” — it is real depth work that works with the body, brain and mind to allow you to really move past those things that scare, or hold you back.


Contact us to set up an appointment with a counselor.