Trauma & EMDR
There are moments where you think, “Maybe that thing that I had to go through impacts how I am now, makes me more anxious than I need to be, maybe making it difficult for me to trust/open up/ feel secure/ feel happy/and inevitably affecting the way I live my life.”
Whether one big incident of trauma or many small ones over time, what we experience and how we think and feel about it can influence the way we interact with ourselves and others.
How can EMDR help me?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of trauma therapy. When we have a traumatic experience, our body and mind go into the natural fight flight freeze response. Sometimes if the event is traumatic enough, the memory can be stored with that same fight/flight/freeze response, therefore whenever there is a reminder of that memory, the body will be stuck reacting in the same way as if there is that traumatic thing taking place in the present. EMDR helps to remove the fight/flight freeze response using bilateral movement and essentially restores the memories in a way where they don't have the same charge. Many people will say after EMDR that they feel distant from that memory or that it doesn't bother them anymore the way it used to.
What is S.A.F.E. EMDR?
Somatic and Attachment focused EMDR uses the same protocol that Francine Shapiro constructed but with additional components that bring in further attunement to physiological experiences as well as attachment experiences in the room. Deborah Kennard the founder of the S.A.F.E. model brought in her understanding of sensorimotor theory as well as attachment theory to make the EMDR process within the room feel more comfortable, safe and mindful and the therapist more aware, relational and empathetic.