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EMDR: Working with Trauma in Therapy

Updated: Feb 6

Many people are looking for help with difficulties and symptoms caused by previous traumatic experiences.

Suffering from a traumatic experience can lead to a trauma response also referred to as a "trigger"...

Have you ever had a full body reaction all over in response to something that may or may not have reminded you of an old traumatic memory in which you felt a great deal of fear or actually feared death? This is the feeling of being "flooded" with stress hormones Cortisol and Adrenaline.

Trauma responses like this can be approached in therapy with EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing.


What is EMDR?


EMDR is a powerful therapy that helps to relieve symptoms of trauma such as strong triggers to certain stimuli.


EMDR therapy involves talking about current triggers" and the clients suspicion of their cause. The client can talk minimally about the event and does not need to go into all of the details to receive benefits. The client is asked about feelings, beliefs, body sensations associated with the trigger, previous memories that might be related, and follows the therapist leading eye movements while holding the image of the event in mind.


Once the client has sufficiently processed the event in a safe therapeutic setting, the client may notice the response to triggers is reduced.


EMDR is a great way to get back to being yourself. If you would like to work on reducing symptoms of trauma, get in touch!

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Patricia Schuetz, M.A.
MFT Registered Associate