"When life gives you something that makes you feel afraid, that's when life gives you a chance to be brave."
When you have faced difficult experiences in your life there are moments that may never seem to end. You may be feeling like that experience follows you around every where. That you are relieving it everyday in some way. Maybe you find yourself triggered by sounds, maybe it is a facial expression, the smell of someone's cologne or perfume that makes you feel like you are right back in that terrifying experience. It is normal to feel this way. Oftentimes you become so accustomed to these feelings that you forget what it is like to not be in a constant state of hypervigilance. That is where trauma treatment comes into play.
I am trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is "is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma." (EMDR Institute) This therapeutic modality allows us to engage both sides of your brain in therapy in order to better process your traumatic events. These events can be big moments, but they can also be a series of small moments that have had a lasting impact. This modality has proven to be uniquely effective in helping to reduce triggers and lead clients to a more peaceful existence.