Are you living with memories that keep you hurting, stuck, and reliving the worst period in your life?
Has a past traumatic or abusive situation become such a powerful force in your life that you simply cannot move forward?
Do the memories can play tricks on your perceptions of others, bogging you down in distrust and broken relationships?
Perhaps the negativity of your memories and flashbacks keep you stuck in rumination and anxiety.
You aren’t alone.
So many people wrestle daily with traumatic memories. The emotional fallout is real and complicated by time. You may be plagued by recollections of childhood mistreatment. Or haunted by memories of a tragedy, assault, or even exposure to someone else’s terrible experience.
Whatever the trauma, your memory of it is powerful. It’s important to process those memories fully and finally. This removes their potential for emotional damage and preserves your ability to experience growth and resilience.
How can you resolve your traumatic memories and restore your peace of mind?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a proven therapeutic approach, known for prompt, sustainable results. Take a look at how EMDR transforms traumatic memories and how it can help you live a better life.
What Is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy often used to support trauma victims struggling to face and work through traumatic experiences. Unlike traditional talk-based therapies, you aren’t called on to verbally re-experience the trauma. Instead, you can access and reprocess troubling memories with specific eye movements guided by a qualified therapist.
How Does EMDR Work?
Essentially, during an EMDR therapy session, your therapist will ask you to move your eyes back and forth while recalling a traumatic memory. The combination of your eye movement and your recollection stimulates a type of mental reprocessing in your brain.
Simply put, your brain is able to reframe the messages connected to those memories. Assumptions made about the past, your worth, or ongoing danger are readdressed.
Does EMDR Transform Traumatic Memories?
EMDR isn’t mind-control or hypnosis. It doesn’t make you forget your traumatic memories. Your traumatic past is part of your life experience, the goal is not to erase it but reduce its power to hurt you.
In effect, EMDR refocuses your brain. It helps you reduce the intensity of mental images and sensory experiences safely. You remain present and grounded with your therapist and learn to productively put the past in perspective.
The goal is to face the memories and appropriately file them away in your mind. EMDR supports your ability to reprocess the event, embrace healing, and move on with a greater sense of self-control and empowerment.
Once traumatic memories no longer claim so much mental energy and emotional intensity, reclaiming your life and setting goals will feel less frustrating or out of reach.
EDMR Affords You the Tools to Transform Traumatic Memories
EMDR promotes clarity regarding the source of your struggles
Untreated trauma often creates inaccuracies in perception. Memories can lead to assumptions that keep us from seeing the entire picture. EMDR helps you access the events or negative beliefs that initially triggered the thoughts and behavior patterns getting in your way.
EMDR supports the formation of healthy associations and thought processes
As negativity and misperception disconnect from past events, self-destructive beliefs dislodge too. During treatment, you may find that you have healthier attachments to the memories. Perceiving some level of compassion, understanding, and purpose in the experience is less difficult. At the very least, your self-image and positive outlook may increase.
EDMR affords solid, lasting groundwork on which to build your future
Reprocessing trauma can help you reset your core beliefs. Moving forward with clarity and purpose is possible. You are no longer bogged down by negative ideas of yourself, others, or the future. This frees you up to be more present, hopeful, and emotionally available. Goals and potential paths open up as you leave your trauma behind.
Take the Next Step
Are you ready to move on? Talk with a therapist to see if EDMR is the right option for you. With patience and commitment, EDMR transforms traumatic memories and may be the path to relief and healing you long for. Please read more about trauma counseling and reach out for a consultation today.