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  • Writer's pictureAshley McMann

finding healing for anxiety and trauma through emdr therapy

A man in emdr therapy

Hey there lovely humans!

I want to talk to you about something pretty amazing and potentially life-changing: EMDR therapy. Now, I know it might sound like a mouthful, but stick with me because I promise it's worth it, especially if you're someone who struggles with anxiety and complex trauma.

First things first, what the hell is EMDR? Well, it stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Fancy, huh? Basically, it's a type of therapy that helps your brain reprocess traumatic or distressing memories in a way that reduces their power over you.

So, how does it work? Picture this: you're in a therapy session, and your therapist asks you to recall a distressing memory. While you're thinking about that memory, they might have you follow their fingers with your eyes as they move them from side to side. Or they might use taps or sounds instead. Sounds strange, I know. But trust me, there's a method to the madness!

Through the use of these bilateral stimulations, EMDR helps your brain process those memories in a different way, kind of like hitting the reset button. It helps take the emotional charge out of those memories, so they don't have as much power over you. Pretty cool, huh?

Now, let's talk about why this matters, especially if you're dealing with anxiety. You know those times when your mind gets stuck on something that happened in the past, and it feels like you just can't shake it? That's your brain holding onto those memories and keeping you stuck in that anxious loop. Or sometimes the memories are imbedded in your body, popping up at inconvienent times in your nervous system responses.

EMDR therapy helps break that cycle. It helps your brain reprocess those memories so they don't have as much control over your body or mind. That means less anxiety, fewer panic attacks, and more freedom to live your life without constantly feeling weighed down by the past.

And here's the best part: it's not just about reducing anxiety and healing trauma. EMDR can also help in other areas too, like boosting your self-esteem, improving your relationships, and ditching those people-pleasing tendencies for good.

So, if you're someone who's been struggling with anxiety or feeling like your past is holding you back, maybe it's time to give EMDR therapy a try. It might just be the key to unlocking a happier, healthier you!

If you are ready to take a step towards healing schedule your complimentary consultation call below! Heal with EMDR Therapy!

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