The old adage of, “Time heals all wound.” is blatantly false. Trauma is like a bulb flickering on and off but when enough wattage hits it, it lights back up. This lighting up for you may be unexplained emotions, physical reactions, phobias, anxiety, substance use, intrusive thoughts, and or negative beliefs tied to the past either separately or simultaneously. Unlike removing a flickering luminescent bulb, memories related to trauma lingers around and can appear at unexpected times.
Through the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) you can start to heal. EMDR is a three-prong approach addressing the past, present and future. Images, negative beliefs, emotions, and body sensations are identified associated with the memory. This disturbing material is desensitized to where no disturbance is reported. A positive cognition is installed as it relates to the target memory. EMDR does not replace memories nor does it create new ones. Present triggers are addressed and the future is addressed to decrease any potential disturbances.
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