EMDR – It is changing my life

Today I will be short and simple.  I want to share something that may be of use to many.

EMDR

“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.”

That is from the website.  In layman’s terms, EMDR helps to break brain connections to past events which inform today’s thinking.  It enables us to revisit experiences or ideas that occurred in the past with today’s cognition and, perhaps, change the connection we have to these memories or ideas.  This process is often used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but, for those of us whose childhoods resulted in PTSD symptoms, EMDR is a phenomenal treatment to break through some of the irrational and subconscious thinking and behaviors that are directly linked to those experiences.  Truthfully, everyone can benefit from this treatment because we are all riddled with connections to past experiences and thinking that create blocks for us in our everyday lives.

I recently underwent this treatment to deal with problems I was having related to my confidence and ability to believe in myself primarily in my professional life.  As I shared some of the pain and struggles I was experiencing to people who knew me fairly well, they were shocked to learn how troubled I was around this because it did not leak through.  These problems were deep-rooted and not apparent to even me with the naked eye.  Several sessions of EMDR completely changed my thinking because it allowed me to tap into some of the underlying sources of the pain, which never would have presented themselves in any other way.  It transformed my inner dialogue and created a breakthrough for me that I am still marveling over.

Just wanted to share.  More to come for sure!

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