In life we experience many events, they are then stored in our memories. When we recall a memory we tend to experience them like we do a photograph. We take the picture out and can look at it but we are detached from the experience. When a traumatic event is experienced our brains sometimes store it incorrectly. Instead of storing it like a photograph it gets stored more like a dream.
Have you every woken up from a dream and were sweating, or out of breath? That is because you were experiencing the dream both physically and mentally. You were, in a sense, actually in the dream. When trauma is stored in the brain incorrectly and we remember it, it is re-experienced with all the emotions and even physical sensations of a dream. This is called a “flashback” or being “triggered”. This can be very troubling for someone with traumatic memories stored in their brain. Every time they remember the trauma they have to re-experience it over and over again. People who suffer from trauma get really good at avoiding that “black hole” of pain and trauma.
Today we have a treatment called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) that can help an individual reprocess the memories of trauma correctly so the memory becomes like a picture of the past and not experienced like a dream. With EMDR we stimulate both hemispheres of the brain, similar to the REM cycle while sleeping, simultaneously we process the traumatic event. This allows the brain to heal itself and store the memory correctly thus taking the emotion and physical sensations out of trauma.
Our bodies are hardwired to heal. If I get a cut on my skin my body will heal it self. The brain is no different. If we use EMDR to help you reprocess your trauma your brain will heal itself and take the pain out of trauma. Instead of spending your life avoiding the “black hole” of trauma from your past, we will dive into the “black hole” together. You will come out the other side so you never have to avoid it again. Don’t worry you will be adequately prepared before we dive in and you wont have to do it alone. The greatest thing about EMDR is it takes the burden from the shoulders of those who carry trauma so they can freely live their life.
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