Experiencing a traumatic event affects us deeply, on every level of existence. Body, mind and spirit does everything it can to survive the experience, but sometimes we are unable to fully process what happened. This can make it difficult to heal and move on. People can feel stuck or trapped in the memories, flashbacks, and thoughts. The results of the trauma may impact relationships, work, sleep, appetite, and the ability to feel safe in life.
Trauma literally means ‘wound’. There are big traumas and small traumas, but all make an impact and can disrupt daily living. It can affect a person in numerous ways:
- Reliving, or feeling ‘stuck’ in the memory
- Sleep disturbances, nightmares
- Appetite changes
- Intense, overwhelming emotional states
- Intrusive thoughts
One way of treating these symptoms is with EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, a method that helps alleviate these symptoms by safely calling up and reprocessing the difficult memories. Following successful treatment, traumatic memories no longer carry the same emotional charge. EMDR doesn’t erase memories. What happened can still be recalled, but without upset.
EMDR appears to mimic how the brain operates during dreaming or REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. EMDR assists the brain in what it does naturally; to work through, process, and heal from distressing events. For more information about clinical research, visit EMDR Europe.
If you have any questions about EMDR or about trauma in general, feel free to contact me.