Welcome back to our second article in our EMDR Therapy series as we prepare for our EMDR therapy Austin launch at Seeds of Change Counseling. In this article we will take a closer look at who can benefit from EMDR Therapy and how EMDR Therapy affects the brain.
EMDR Therapy – who can benefit?
EMDR Therapy can help children and adults of all ages. EMDR Therapy can be used by EMDR trained therapist to tackle a wide range of challenges. Some of these include:
How does EMDR Therapy affect the brain?
EMDR Therapy is an extensively researched psychotherapy method that has been found to effective and is proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. Our brains have a unique ability to naturally recovering from upsetting events and memories. The EMDR International Association writes, “This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion). While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help.”
Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.”
EMDR is unique in that it does not require talking in detail about a distressing issue or completing homework between sessions to be effective. Instead of focusing on changing thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, EMDR Therapy harnesses the natural healing ability of the brain.
For more introductory information, check out the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
Join us next week as we continue to explore EMDR Therapy and how it can help you!
How can I get EMDR Therapy?
We are excited to begin offering EMDR Therapy Austin this month (September 2020) at Seeds of Change Counseling. The pandemic will not stand in your way to your path of healing, we will be able to offer remote EMDR Therapy sessions to all residents in the State of Texas. Call us now to schedule an appointment at 512-676-5813. Don’t struggle alone spinning your wheels, we are here to guide you on your path to healing.