Science has learned a lot about how our brains process trauma and psychologists are using that knowledge to find effective treatments. One approach that’s helping millions of people heal from trauma is called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. Therapists use EMDR to help people deal with traumatic memories that they haven’t processed and replace negative feelings with more constructive emotions.
The science behind the approach uses what doctors have learned about the role of rapid eye movements (REM) in sleep. As the therapist manages a patient’s eye movements, they guide the patient through the memories and replace the negative associations with positive ones. For example, someone who was sexually abused as a child can move from thinking of herself as a bad child who deserved to be abused to an adult who is worthy of real love. Clinical studies indicate that EMDR produces lasting results in less time than many other approaches.
If memories of past trauma are interfering with your ability to enjoy life and relationships, you may benefit from EMDR. Care to Change professionals Teresa Haskins, Teresa Land, Ifen Donovan, Jared Jones, and Britt Smith, Jean Crane, Brittany Gipson, and April Bordeau all have received special training in this effective approach. Is it right for you? Contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your situation and determine whether EMDR may be the right way to help you put the past behind you.