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I am a trauma EMDR practitioner and trauma specialist. I work with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma issues. EMDR is also helpful in dealing with phobias, grief and somatic disorders. I have provided EMDR online very successfully.
EMDR IS NICE approved and is available on the NHS.
When a traumatic event occurs, some changes happen in the brain. Traumatic experiences often involve life-threatening situations or a threat to safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed, alone and frightened can be traumatic.
The brain has not processed these memories in trauma due to the brain's imbalance in the nervous system and biochemical changes.
The body holds those memories of the trauma memory, and it's possible to develop illness, tensions, or find that breathing is restricted, which can cause other problems.
There may be psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual symptoms in response to trauma
To manage trauma, you may have found ways of surviving, which might include depression or anxiety, addiction, phobias, relationship issues. These survival strategies keep the trauma at bay, but they can become restricting and even life-threatening over time.
Trauma can change the brain, and by developing an awareness of what is going on in your brain, with the proper treatment, you can address these symptoms and learn skills that will help reset your brain for health. The brain is "plastic," and it is possible to change it.
You may experience chronic stress, vigilance, fear, and irritation if you are traumatised. You may also have difficulty feeling safe, calming down, and sleeping.
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Avoiding trauma memories
Feeling like you have to keep busy
Emotionally numb or cut off from your feelingsfeeling Physically numb or detached from your body
Using alcohol or drugs to avoid memories.
Feeling like you can't trust anyone
Feeling like nowhere is safe
Blaming yourself for what happened
Overwhelming feelings of anger, sadness, guilt or shame
I have been working with EMDR since 2008, when I completed my EMDR training. EMDR has been developed through clinical research over the past 20 years to treat PTSD and traumatic memories.
EMDR uses eye movement or tapping to enable the brain to process memories that have become "stuck".
An assessment can take one or two sessions and then some preliminary work. If EMDR is suitable, there may be 10 - 16 sessions, and not everyone fits the same pattern. EMDR is not the best treatment for everyone. I
PTSD is the name given when someone's trauma symptoms persist for longer than three months after the traumatic event.
Not everyone will develop PTSD, and many find that their symptoms will fade over the first three months. However, about 30% of people who experience traumatic events will develop PTSD.
Counselling and therapy can help with these symptoms and experiences and EMDR can be particularly helpful.
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