Trauma is defined as a distressing event in which an individual is threatened emotionally, physically or psychologically. Most individuals have experienced a traumatic event throughout their lives, like neglect, an accident, abuse, the sudden death of a loved one, violence, or perhaps even a natural disaster. Individuals typically recover from trauma with time and support from family and close friends. For others it may lead to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or systemic problems with relationships and self-esteem.
Psychotherapy is the most effective form of treatment for healing the effects of trauma. Two established approaches to cope with trauma are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
EMDR is an effective form of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the emotional distress that is a result of disturbing life experiences. Often we presume that emotional pain is healed only by a long stretch of time – but the healing process is not linear. We know that when we cut our finger our body works to close the wound – but repeated irritation or the presence of a foreign object can cause pain and slow down the process of healing. Our mind works the same way.
EMDR can help us to remove these repeated irritations or foreign bodies that jump in front of the progress we make towards betterment. With a blocked or imbalanced system – the healing process will be slow and painful. If we are able to remove the block or identify its cause, it will become easier for us to treat the negative symptoms that trauma elicits.
EMDR therapy activates the natural healing processes of the brain to deal effectively with issues like:
- Childhood hurts
- Low Self-Esteem
- Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse
- Psychological Stress
- Conflicts in relationships
- Feelings of powerlessness
To date, this therapy has helped thousands of people of all ages relieve a host of psychological stresses.