I hope all of my followers read this post, because I want everyone to know about EMDR. Just in case you have not heard about this amazing technique in therapy it is Eye Movemend Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is used to treat trauma. I just returned home from a four day treatment consisting of a two hour session each day. If you have seen videos of the technique, it seems quite strange and you may question as I did how this coud do anything. It is powerful, and it works. My therapist worked with the memories I had of three different traumas. It’s not easy. The reprocessing of traumatic events requires readdressing the events, identification of feelings, and rating the intensity of feelings.
The first one worked so well that I don’t remember what it was! The other two were of rapes, so they were quite difficult. Through the technique I was able to resolve the memories and feelings I had of the experiences to the point where I have no negative feelings about them. I did say it is powerful. During one session I had to stop it because I became physically ill and was throwing up. We could not continue with the treatment that day. I don’t tell you this so that you may fear the treatment but to drive home the knowledge that it is intense. The results are the important part. I do remember the events happening, but not a second of them distress me in any way. I think of it as files locked away with no key to open them.
I tend to be one who ove thinks and analyze things, so after feeling so ill on the last one which had to be readressed the following day I purchased a great set of Bluetooth earbuds and lost myself in piano music. I was able to keep myself in the moment with only fleeting thoughts of the trauma. I confess that I did not want to go back, but the process was not finished. I did i tand the charged feelings are gone. We wrapped up that day on another subject that had been so stress producing, and my trusting therapist and I have parted ways. I no longer feel the need for it and she agreed. Wow!