Many issues can be treated with EMDR
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not a mental illness, it is a psychological injury. Symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, hyper-vigilance, avoidance, a feeling of numbness, reactivity and intrusive thoughts, emotions or images in response to life threatening experiences. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and/or other changes in sleeping, eating, concentration, difficulties in relationships and problems functioning normally you could benefit from EMDR therapy.
The Mol study found that a large majority of people who did not experience life threatening events are still traumatized and remain untreated. Many who are traumatized may not perceive that they have been and live with unnecessary sub-clinical symptoms that predispose them to future mental health and medical complications when left untreated. Trauma can express itself in one large obvious big ‘T’ event or an accumulation of small ‘t’ traumas.
When a person sustains a wound the immediate course of action is to cleanse the area to prevent future infection. This is also the case with a psychological injury where early intervention will forestall a cascade of additional future problems. We view this as a ‘stitch in time’ and this metaphor illustrates the importance of early EMDR intervention.
Is EMDR right for me?
This is a more concentrated way of working with issues and can yield faster relief and more efficient work in a shorter period of time than the traditionally slower method of only once a week. With this model you can complete the equivalent of 6 months (or more) worth of work within two weeks. Patients often remark on how this approach is so transformative. Learn more about this service.