Does past trauma matter in your functioning today?
- Are you sick of flashbacks?
- Do you startle easily?
- Have you noticed that you avoid certain people, places, or things?
Some traumatic events stick with us.
When you think about these moments, they may feel as if they are happening “right now”, causing your body to have an adverse or exaggerated reaction. When this type of response happens, it can mean that our brain has stored unprocessed memories, events, and information in an unhealthy way.
These unprocessed memories may lead you to think that you are not good enough, unlovable, or unsafe in daily situations. In turn, feelings of stress, anxiousness, and depression can result.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy helps your brain to process these memories in a healthier, more realistic way. EMDR uses bilateral (e.g., two sided) stimulation through eye movements or tapping to access these memories and reprocess them appropriately. EMDR can be done either by telehealth or in-person.
It’s not always easy to process grief, sadness, hurt, anger, embarrassment, and other hard emotions.
Wellness Matters currently has three therapists trained in EMDR. They can carefully walk this journey with you and help you move beyond your past.
- Kat Fritsch, MA, LPCC, LADC
- Paula Kitzmann, MA, LICSW
- Emily Pierson, MA, LCPC, LPC