When something distressing and unexpected happens, most people experience unpleasant, disturbing and potentially overwhelming reactions and it’s not uncommon for people to wonder why they have been affected when others around them seem fine. They may feel weak and believe they should be able to cope. However, trauma reactions can be scary and we can experience flashbacks; intrusive thoughts or nightmares; be startled easily and feel out of control: or feel out of sorts and not know why. Friends, relatives or colleagues may tell them they’ve changed, such as becoming angry, snappy or withdrawn; avoiding anything to do with the event or conversely compulsively looking for reminders; turning down invitations or drinking more than usual.
For many people, survival reactions are only experienced in short bursts, but those who suffer from chronic trauma symptoms experience longer-term survival reactions that leave issues unresolved. Generally, talk therapy alone is not enough to resolve the chronic trauma symptoms left behind by the survival reaction. Nearly all patients who receive EMDR therapy report greater general wellness and significant decreases in trauma-related symptoms.
EMDR changes the way the brain responds to external stimuli. Therapy normally involves sensory input such as changing lights, gentle buzzing from handheld devices or sounds heard through headphones. As the sensory input switches back and forth from right to left, a patient tries to recall past trauma. Though the memories of the trauma remain, the chronic bodily and emotional reactions to the trauma dissolve.
EMDR therapy is a powerful, effective and safe method for alleviating the long-term psychological impact of traumatic experiences. The Meadows uses EMDR in a unique way by integrating it with Pia Mellody’s Model on Developmental Immaturity, which allows the therapy to more effectively minimize or eliminate psychological trauma.
Much research and many studies have been done on this approach, and it has been found to be safe and effective when administered by trained professionals. Because of our staff’s expertise in administering EMDR, particularly in the treatment of psychological trauma, The Meadows has accepted clients from many rehab centers.
In everyday life, sensory information passes through the amygdale, an emotional filter in the brain to our hippocampus where it is processed and stored or archived as a memory. When we experience a shocked or traumatic event, the highly charged and emotional moments become ‘frozen in time’ and become ‘stuck’ in the amygdale. As a result, when the trauma is remembered, it can feel as though the intense emotion and fear from the past is happening now.
EMDR enables clients to reprocess traumatic memories by gently stimulating the brain to move the memory from the amygdale to the archive of the hippocampus. The gentle bilateral stimulation is achieved through client’s eye movements, listening to sounds or tactile stimulation of the hands. The bilateral stimulation of EMDR creates biochemical changes in the brain and normal information processing is resumed. After EMDR the person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the trauma or disturbing event is brought to mind. For more information visit the site http://selfbetter.com/ .