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The most troubling after-effect of any traumatic event is the almost constant replaying of the event in the personís mind. This replaying is actually the brainís attempt at healing. Every time the event is replayed, the brain and body are discharging a small amount of the emotion -- fear -- anxiety -- anger, that is connected to the event. The brain is not very efficient in this process -- and it may take thousands of visualizations to rid itself of a significant amount of the traumatic emotions.
While all this is happening, a person may feel they cannot function, and they may feel overwhelmed and exhausted by the brainís effort to heal.
This treatment takes this naturalistic process of the brain and amplifies it intensely.
For most traumatic events -- the anxiety and repetitive thoughts can be reduced significantly with one or two sessions.
Below are some of the most common traumas that are resolved through this treatment.
Grief: When a person is consumed with grief over the death of a loved one, or the loss of a relationship, or even the loss of trust in a spouse, (infidelity), this treatment can restore the ability to function. The client will continue to go through a grief process, but it will now be manageable. The client will be less obsessed and will function more normally.
Crime victim: There are few more serious events that take away a personís sense of control of their own life. A home burglary crime will take away a personís feeling of safety in their own home, a violent crime can leave a person emotionally shattered even after any wounds have healed.
Concentration can be so affected a person can lose the ability to focus on work, or even to enjoy their life. Visualizing the traumatic event while paired with bi-lateral stimulation (calming music) and paired with calming imagery, the patientís brain reprocesses the event and lets go of the painful emotions. Bi-lateral stimulation consists of alternating music between the left and right side of the brain. Calming images are introduced which then allows for the greatest amount of the anxiety and obsessive thoughts to dissolve. Most return to work within one or two days.
Childhood abuse: David has developed a Childhood review. In one session, the client revisits his or her childhood, often remembering things more clearly that were partially faded. With the use of guided imagery, the client learns to Be There and Nurture the child within himself. Adults who still feel affected by the amount of anger in their childhood home, whether they are fearful or angry themselves as adults will see the effects of their childhood diminish as they become more of their truest selves. The burden that they carry from the anger and conflict they experienced as children can be diminished.
Clients who are seeing other therapists and feel a little stuck can use this to help them turn a corner in their therapy. It can enhance and speed up the therapeutic process. This treatment is most effective when the abuse is specific molestation, or physically violent. Issues of neglect respond more to traditional therapy.
Car accidents and flying phobias: people may have a long-lasting low and medium level trauma for many years after an event. People who have been involved in car crashes may be fearful of being passengers -- or of driving. This can be one of the easiest traumas to overcome and a client can return to the joy of the freedom of travel in one session.
Flying phobias based on fear is quick to respond to this treatment -- especially when related to previous flights of air turbulence or malfunction. (When anxiety is caused by psychological dynamics which are similar to claustrophobia often generalized to elevators and being in crowds -- often longer term approaches are necessary).
Medical trauma: When a person has had an invasive, painful, possibly life-threatening medical procedure -- and is left with nightmares and frequent traumatic re-living of these experiences; often one treatment of the re-visualization of the hospitalization -- paired with the bilateral stimulation will reduce the nightmares to zero.
Scientists are still studying why EMDR therapy works. After years of developing these skills, I have become less shocked at how effective it is; and generally just expect strong results.
Our brains are not very proficient at letting go of the chemically based emotional connections to the cell-based memories stored in the brain. REM (rapid eye movement) dream activity is the most effective way the brain has to accomplish this ďletting goĒ of the emotion.
This therapy employees this brain function and may equal months of REM sleep. Because we can direct the brain, the effect is significant nearly immediate relief.
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1445 E. Guadalupe Road, Suite 106
Tempe, AZ 85283