Mari Boyd, MA, LMFT
PTSD, Trauma and EMDR
Many people have experienced traumatic events and the negative emotions that repeat frequently. This may be as a result of physical violence or emotional abuse at some time in life. In my practice I find that people come to me with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Distressing memories
- Physical distress
- Avoiding reminders
- Emotional numbness
- Outbursts of anger
- Relationship problems
There are several methods of trauma therapy to overcome these difficulties. But often EMDR is an approach to PTSD therapy that brings about relief.
According to the EMDR International Association, "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. The goal is to concentrate on and increase the strength of the positive belief that the person has identified to replace their original negative belief." (1)
EMDR has helped thousands of people learn how to overcome the distress associated with traumatic events in their life and lead healthy, enjoyable lives.
If you have suffered through this type of distressing event and are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, you may find trauma therapy and EMDR will help you achieve serenity in your life and relationships.
(1) Reference: What is the Actual EMDR Session Like?