Are You Overwhelmed By Painful Memories, Emotions Or Trauma?

Have you experienced a painful situation or a trauma that you cannot seem to let go of? Do certain memories, locations or situations trigger distressing or overwhelming physical or emotional responses like fear, rage, anxiety or depression? You may have started to withdraw from relationships and activities you used to enjoy, feeling safer or more in control when you are alone. Perhaps you believe that you should be able to manage or avoid difficult emotions and distressing symptoms on your own. Have you unsuccessfully tried to work through your trauma using traditional talk therapy? Do you wish you could effectively recognize triggers, lessen symptoms and manage your emotional responses?

Living with unresolved trauma can be a confusing, isolating and even frightening experience. Whether your trauma occurred recently through an event such as combat, the death of a loved one, an accident or a violent crime, or happened years ago through neglect or abuse during childhood, the heightened emotions and fears that accompany trauma can impact all aspects of your life. Even smaller traumas, such as rejection in a relationship, can strongly affect us. You may find it hard to trust others and spend a lot of time feeling on edge. Alternatively, you might feel numb and disconnected. And, you may feel frustrated and discouraged by lingering symptoms, especially if you’ve been in therapy. Often, traditional talk therapy alone cannot treat trauma. Trauma lives in the body and needs to be discharged from it. The good news is that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a proven trauma therapy approach that can help you finally gain freedom from traumatic memories that are impacting your life.

What Is EMDR Therapy?

emdrDeveloped by Francine Shapiro in 1989, EMDR is an extensively researched therapy approach proven effective in the treatment of trauma. EMDR treatment is used by thousands of therapists around the world to help clients work through a variety of symptoms and behaviors that may be caused by trauma, such as panic, depression, anxiety, addictions and difficulty trusting others. It is recommended by national and international organizations, including the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense.

With the right guidance and a strategic, informed approach, you can work through trauma and reprocess distressing memories in a safe environment, so that they no longer stop you from living the life you want.

EMDR Treatment Can Help You Change The Impact Of Trauma On Your Life

EMDR follows a specific protocol and set of steps to help you work through a traumatic memory and transform the negative impact it has on your thoughts, emotions, beliefs and behavior. At Chupik Counseling in Austin, Temple and Killeen, we take a solution-focused approach, working to understand the challenges you are facing and determine if EMDR is the right treatment approach for your particular needs.

EMDR treatment utilizes a natural process known as bilateral stimulation in order to activate both sides of the brain and help reprocess painful memories. We may use eye movement, knee tapping or similar methods to help you process through upsetting emotions and beliefs and alleviate discomfort caused by trauma. As with any therapy approach, EMDR is not a one-size-fits-all treatment, and your therapist will discuss EMDR and other treatment options with you.

When you come in for individual or relationship counseling, we spend our first few sessions developing a strategic treatment plan. By understanding the role trauma is playing in your current struggles, your therapist can help you practice healthy coping mechanisms like breathing exercises, guided imagery and relaxation techniques that you can use on your own and between sessions. If appropriate, we may introduce specialized EMDR sessions to help you work through trauma, and sessions may be completed with either your current therapist or another, specially trained therapist at Chupik Counseling.

The therapists at Chupik Counseling have used EMDR treatment to help individuals reprocess painful memories and trauma for years. With a strategic approach and the right guidance and support, you can feel positive, peaceful and like yourself again.

But, you may still have questions or concerns about EMDR treatment…

How long does EMDR treatment take?

EMDR is an effective therapeutic approach that your therapist may recommend as part of your overall treatment plan. While it may feel like you are taking time away from your existing treatment, the introduction of EMDR can help you address and recover from challenges more quickly.  If we discover that there is a history of trauma, or that trauma is playing a role in your current personal or relationship challenges, EMDR may be incorporated within your ongoing counseling work. Alternately, your therapist may recommend focusing on EMDR treatment for a period of time to help work through a specific trauma or conflict.

How will EMDR work with my other treatment?

If you are already in individual or relationship counseling when we identify EMDR as a possible approach, we can easily incorporate it into your existing treatment. Alternately, we may suggest that you use several sessions to focus on a particular issue with an EMDR specialist. If you are just beginning individual or group therapy, we will work with you to identify appropriate treatment methods.

Can EMDR treatment work with children?

EMDR has been shown to be an effective treatment approach for adolescents as well as adults. However, we do not often recommend EMDR treatment for children younger than 12.

You Can Foster a More Positive Outlook on Life

If you are ready to work through your trauma and increase your emotional well-being, or if you still have questions about EMDR treatment at Chupik Counseling, we invite you to contact our office and schedule an initial session.