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EMDR therapy, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a type of therapy used by professionals to treat trauma. At TruHealing Gaithersburg in Maryland, we work with clients by using EMDR therapy and other therapies to improve success in mental health recovery.
Understanding an EMDR Therapy Program
EMDR is a type of therapy done by a trained therapist, who uses clicks or taps to teach your brain how to respond differently to stress. The therapy does not hurt and can provide a strong boost to your healing process.
EMDR is used to treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder or trauma. It does not hurt to get EMDR, and you can begin to feel better after your first or second session. While you are in an EMDR therapy program, you might experience:
- Conversations with your therapist about your past, including specific events that were traumatic
- Guided talk therapy to experience the trauma in small increments
- Tough discussions as you bring up incidents that were hard for you to deal with
- A reduction in your stress levels and how you respond to tough situations
Your EMDR therapist can use their hands to tap on your body or make a clicking sound like snapping. The goal is to desensitize your memories of the trauma in order for you to move forward from it.
During a session, you might start to feel stressed. A trained therapist will monitor your reactions and will not push too hard. You can expect to attend EMDR treatments for about eight sessions. Once your therapy is complete, you should feel less overall stress from the trauma you experienced.
Your Addiction Recovery and Trauma
Your trauma has a direct impact on your mental health and any co-occurring disorders. If you do not deal with your history, your coping skills will not improve.
Your stress levels and your coping strategies are going to improve when you begin an EMDR therapy program. When you attend therapy, you may learn:
- How connected trauma is to your mental health
- How to overcome your traumatic history and learn better coping skills
- That you have strengths you didn’t know existed
As you go through an EMDR therapy program, you will start to heal from your traumatic past. Recovery is a step-by-step process. Once you commit to your recovery, nothing can stand in your way. A therapist will guide you through the process of uncovering your trauma and improving your response to stressful situations. Once you make the decision to call for the help you need, you will find your path to recovery.
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