EMDR is used for working with distressing or traumatic memories to help with the psychological and physical difficulties that are the result of distressing life experiences. These memories have not been stored in our memory system properly and are indicated as being blocked or fragmented. Normal memories are stored in our hippocampus, which catalogs and sorts events and situations in the correct place. Unfortunately, when a traumatic event occurs, the hippocampus does not do its job effectively and the memories end up being stored in their raw, unprocessed form. This leaves the trauma memories fragile, they become triggered easily which causes lasting distress.  

In simple terms, our mind is similar to a factory, and one of its main jobs is to process life events so they can become a memory. Most of our life events are of normal size, so the factory usually has no issues to make a memory. However, sometimes an event occurs, like a trauma, it is just too large for the factory to process. Since it can’t be processed, it never turns into a memory, it remains the current problem, rather than one of the past. Current situations or events that remind us of the original trauma, trigger us to relive and re-experience the emotions and physical sensations that we experienced during the time of the trauma. With the assistance of EMDR, it helps the factory process the memories effectively, by exposing ourselves to the trauma utilizing bilateral stimulation to reduce the distress.

If you are struggling with the following, EMDR might be right for you!

  • Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks 

  • Depression

  • Disturbing Memories

  •  Performance Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Sexual, Emotional & Physical Abuse 

Link Website for further info: https://www.emdria.org/

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