Trauma can have a profound impact on an individual’s life, creating emotional wounds that feel too deep to heal. At Creating Change Psychology, we understand the complexities of trauma and offer specific treatments like Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help our clients move forward. EMDR therapy is a highly effective therapeutic approach for those who have experienced trauma and are seeking to overcome its lasting effects.

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The Power of EMDR in Action

Meet James* – he came to us after struggling with the aftermath of a severe car accident. James experienced constant flashbacks, anxiety, and a pervasive sense of fear that made everyday activities challenging. Traditional talk therapy had provided some relief, but the vivid memories and intense emotions related to his trauma persisted.

James’ psychologist at Creating Change recommended EMDR as a part of his treatment plan. Our psychologist explained to James that EMDR therapy is designed to alleviate his distress associated with his traumatic memories from the accident. Through guided eye movements, EMDR allowed individuals like James to process his traumatic experience in a safe and controlled environment.

How will EMDR work for me?

EMDR therapy involves eight phases, focusing initially on history-taking and then moving through preparation, assessment, and treatment phases where the client is asked to recall distressing images while receiving one of several types of bilateral sensory input, including side-to-side eye movements. This process is thought to work by “unblocking” the brain’s information processing system, which is interrupted in times of extreme stress.

James’ Journey with EMDR

During his EMDR sessions, James was able to confront and reprocess the traumatic memory of his accident. Each session allowed him to reduce the vividness and emotional intensity of his memories safely. His psychologist guided him through the process, ensuring that he felt supported and empowered throughout.

After several sessions, James noticed significant improvements. The flashbacks and anxiety began to fade, replaced by a newfound sense of control and peace. He reported feeling more present in his daily life and less haunted by his past experiences.

The Benefits of EMDR Therapy

For James and many others, the benefits of EMDR include:

  1. Reduction in the vividness and emotional charge of traumatic memories.
  2. Decreased anxiety and intrusive thoughts.
  3. Improved mood and increased emotional stability.
  4. Enhanced sense of personal strength and resilience.

At Creating Change Psychology, our therapists are highly trained in EMDR, understanding the nuances of trauma and the delicate nature of its treatment. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment where our clients can explore their memories and move towards substantial healing. The great news is that this can also be done successfully in the comfort of your own home via “Telehealth”, or online video therapy. This allowa you the time to take care of yourself, avoiding traffic, rushing from work, or childcare issues preventing you from recovery.

Is EMDR right for me?

If you, like James, are struggling with the effects of trauma, EMDR might provide the relief you are seeking. We recommend starting with a consultation to discuss your specific needs and history. Our team at Creating Change Psychology are here to help you determine the best approach for your unique situation.

To learn more about EMDR or to schedule a consultation, please contact us HERE. Let us help you find your path to recovery and peace, just as James did.

Written by Clinical Psychologist Rebecca
*Note: James is a fictional client created for illustrative purposes.