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EMDR discussed by leading traumatologist

Bessel van der Kolk , one of the leading traumatologists in the world in this video  discusses the difficulty in processing traumatic events with talk therapy, and the effectiveness of EMDR in treating PTSD.

 

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EMDR Video

Here’s a video featuring actual EMDR clients discussing how it has helped them.  Notice the various applications, not only, PTSD , but also anxiety, depression and eating disorders.  It is a very effective treatment modality.

 

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“This Stuff Actually Works!”

Here in this article from “Humans of New York” , veterans of war describe their initial resistance to seeking help for themselves.  After engaging in  EMDR therapy, here’s what the veteran said:  “The symptoms started to go away. After a few sessions, I remember walking into my therapist’s office and saying: ‘This stuff actually works!’ And he said: ‘Yeah. It does.’”

Yes it does, EMDR works and not only for PTSD for war veterans , but also for anyone who has experienced trauma whether from childhood abuse, chronic chaos, criticism or trauma in adulthood.

 

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Vicarious trauma – one first responders story of PTSD recovery with EMDR

Vicarious trauma, also known as “compassion fatigue” is defined as trauma affecting those who help the traumatized.   First responders – paramedics, firefighters, police officers, hospital or military medical personnel and even counselors who emotionally engage in their client’s trauma stories can all be affected vicariously by someone else’s trauma.  All of these helpers are first hand witnesses to someone else’s pain, fear and terror and they can be adversely affected.  Vicarious traumatization can result in PTSD or the helper living with a replaying of the stories or scenes that are witnessed or heard and an increased level of unrest and fear.  Here is the story of a paramedic suffering from PTSD and his recovery using the powerful modality of EMDR.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As this year draws to a close, I hope you can look back and feel satisfied about how your year went.  I know those I meet with have worked hard to remove the roadblocks in their lives whether they’re relationship or marriage issues, resolving past trauma, or overcoming anxiety, panic and depression and are experiencing a more satisfying experience in life.

As we celebrate Christmas, let’s remember that because Jesus came to earth and gave His life for us, there is always hope.  We are not alone or without help in the struggles we have or the brokenness that affects all of us.  I hope you will find reason to rejoice in this and persevere with hope in whatever your situation encompasses.

As we turn the calendar next week to 2016, take some time to think about what you’d like to accomplish in the New Year.  Set some goals for yourself personally and for your family and relationships.  Here’s some brief tips to improve your overall health as you enter the New Year.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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EMDR Utilizes Natural Brain processing

Why do people pace when upset or go for a walk to cool off?  These activities where both sides of our body are utilized are natural stress reducers and activate our brain’s natural processing system.    It is this Bilateral Stimulation that the Eye Movement of EMDR utilizes to process traumatic memories.  Here’s an article that discusses it.

 

 

 

http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/what-do-emdr-running-and-drumming-have-in-common-0901154

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