You have finished another impossible day at work. Could it be any worse? Who does your boss think they are? Nothing at work went as planned today, and you’re not sure if you can do any better in the future. It is frustrating and exhausting, but the day is over. Dinner, bedtimes, and baths are waiting.
You make the decision to pick up some quick and easy dinner on the way home. A home-cooked meal sounds better, but you do not have the energy today. At the noisy and chaotic restaurant, the employee taking your order is rude. You begin to feel stupid for asking so many questions. You hope the people in line behind you weren’t annoyed. The food takes forever.
You are relieved to make it back to the safe quiet car. “Just fifteen more minutes, and I’ll be home,” you remind yourself. Yeah right, traffic has other plans. An accident pulled over on the freeway leaves you with an uneasy feeling in your gut, but you make it home at last. Once home, the hustles and bustle of work and family begin to nag at your mind again. You are ready for the day to be over, but do not know how you are going to make it through tomorrow.
Yes. Navigating this thing we call life can be hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. Everyone needs a little help at times. There are therapies available to help you deal with everyday stressors, concerns about tomorrow, or emotional pain you’ve got packed away.
Seeking out a new therapist, counseling, or treatment is terrifying. There are so many options, how are you supposed to know where to start?
Reach out! There is help available to discuss your options. EMDR, or one of many other offered services, could be just what you are looking for.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a method used by qualified therapists to treat millions of people for more than 25 years. EMDR is considered an effective therapy for anyone that has experienced trauma and has shown to be quicker and more effective than traditional talk therapy.
Trauma means different things to different people, so there is no need to label the trauma you may have experienced. Many people have experienced something in their life that has left a wound on their emotional health. EMDR is an effective way to heal that wound.
EMDR focuses on the past, present, and future and is done in eight phases. The first phase allows the therapist to get to know you. In this time, your therapist can learn about your memories and how they are affecting you today. After this initial phase, you will have a better idea of the number of sessions needed and other details of your treatment plan. Once your therapist has a better sense of who you are and what you are dealing with, they will be able to give you some coping skills that will help during, in-between, and after your therapy.
EMDR will allow you to identify the memories or current events that are holding you back and allow you to start to process them differently. The therapy may even leave you feeling empowered. The goal of this therapy is to address any stressful past events, current struggles, and future issues head-on and then change your response to them.
Is it the right treatment for you?
Life can be hard. Processing painful memories can be even harder. You don’t have to cope with everything alone. Reach out to a licensed counselor or therapist today to discuss whether EMDR or another treatment plan can help.