Healing emotional wounds (trauma resolution)
All too often, a personís depression or anxiety is rooted in overwhelming emotional experiences that they are trying to forget. These may involve recent experiences such as witnessing the sudden death of a loved one, a recent accident, threats or actual violence, disfigurement, etc. Trauma may also involve early life experiences such as abandonment, incest, physical or sexual abuse by care-givers. Whatever and whenever the cause, these emotional scars often do not go away merely with time. The human brain imprints traumatic memory differently than it processes regular memory. Without proper treatment, traumatic memory can greatly reduce a personís happiness for the rest of their life. Fortunately, there is now a very efficient and effective form of treatment for trauma known as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
EMDR is a more complicated form of psychotherapy than mere counseling. It has been the most researched form of treatment for trauma and has been proven effective in many research studies. Both the American Psychological Association and the Defense Department find it an effective type of treatment. Researchers at Harvard have found that EMDR helps rewire trauma related memory in the brain. They found that post-treatment memories of trauma involve more parts of the brain than did the same memories before treatment. The result is that the trauma related emotional pain is greatly reduced or eliminated. It is common for EMDR to completely eliminate the pain of previously mind-shattering memories. For more information on EMDR, you can visit the international website www.emdria.org .
In addition to receiving advanced training in EMDR, I am also certified for being proficient in EMDR from the EMDRIA International Association. I also employ some of my own technology based on my knowledge of psychophysiology. For some of my clients, I take physiological readings from electrodes so that I can monitor certain reflexes within their brain while weíre working with their traumatic memory. For a very technical discussion about some of this technology, you can visit one of my other websites: www.interactivedesensitization.com . In addition to regular EMDR, I have developed other techniques which I call interactive cognitive-motor interweaves. I use these techniques within EMDR to help stimulate the brain to even more rapidly neurologically rewire its representation of traumatic memory. It is not uncommon for decades of depression or anxiety to be completely stopped after EMDR therapy. The course of therapy can take as little as 1 to 2 months for a simple trauma. For complex repetitive traumas during a personís childhood, treatment can take much longer.
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