Since this self care blog began as a result of looking for ways to increase resilience, primarily against Secondary Traumatic Stress, it’s important to mention beneficial treatments such as EMDR.
What is EMDR?
Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy used in the treatment of trauma. When someone experiences a traumatic event, certain memories can become ‘frozen in time’. Normal memory processing is altered and can become locked in a circuit like pattern. Images, sounds, smells and/or sensations trigger memory recall – and the trauma is relived.
EMDR has a direct effect on how the brain processes information. It can reprocess the disturbing memories so that they no longer contain so much emotional volatility. The event is easily recalled, but the feelings surrounding the memory is no longer so all consuming. It is as if someone has turned down the volume.
EMDR combines a dual focus of attention to enable the brain to re-circuit itself. This allows for normal memory processing and integration. Participants often experience less negative emotions, improved understanding and less emotional stress surrounding the event.
Scientific research shows EMDR is also effective on panic attacks, stress reduction, addictions and complicated grief, to name a few.
Simple, safe and effective.