EMDR therapy is a therapeutic process that helps to address upsetting feelings and negative thoughts connected to trauma. Many patients who suffer from PTSD and other mental health disorders have found that EMDR has helped to restore their lives. It allows people to free themselves from harmful memories that hinder their recovery and prevent them from living successful, productive lives.
At Rose Hill Center, our experienced mental health professionals help residents learn the skills needed to manage their daily life and move toward recovery. Learn more about the treatment options available to you or a loved one online or by calling 866.367.0220.
Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is an approach to trauma that focuses on safely rebuilding a person’s images, thoughts, emotions, and body sensations related to the trauma. It encourages the brain to adapt to a new way of thinking. This interactive therapy reduces psychological stress and is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This trauma informed therapy focuses on addressing negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors resulting from unprocessed memories. EMDR therapy is most effective when it occurs in phases including:
- Evaluation of history and development of treatment plan
- The practice of relaxation techniques to calm and relax the face
- Assessment of mental images
- Creation of positive self-statements
- Establishment of eye movements and taps
- Emotional body scan
A traumatic event’s emotional scars can be stored in the body unless resolution and closure occur through the EMDR process and the skills acquired. The goal is to teach residents to manage their symptoms through relaxation, eye movements, and positive thinking.
Trauma And Emotional Distress
Trauma is the result of an unforgettable event that overwhelms a person’s power to manage the emotions involved, leading to severe, long-term consequences. Emotional distress is a condition of emotional suffering that can manifest in different forms, such as feeling overwhelmed, excessive worry, and extreme fatigue.
A traumatic experience causes psychological and emotional harm, although it may not have occurred due to physical damage. It’s not the situation that determines whether an event is traumatic, but a person’s emotional reaction to it. The more terrified and dependent a person feels, the more likely they are to be traumatized. Psychological trauma can leave a person struggling with distressing emotions, memories, and anxiety. It can also leave them feeling numb, detached, and inadequate in trusting other people.
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that may occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event. People with PTSD have extreme, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experiences that last long after the traumatic event. They may remember the event through hallucinations or bad dreams. They may feel sadness, fear, or anger, and they may feel disconnected from other people. Those who have PTSD may keep away from circumstances or people that remind them of the disturbing event.
Get Treatment at Rose Hill
Symptoms of PTSD and other mental health disorders are severe and can hinder a person’s ability to manage their daily lives successfully.
Rose Hill Center is a residential mental health treatment center where experienced professionals understand the struggles that mental health disorders can bring about, disrupting a person’s life. EMDR therapy is just one of the many treatment options available to residents. Depending upon a person’s diagnosis, the therapists may also recommend:
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Family therapy services
- Group therapy
- Individual counseling
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Letting go of the hurt and trauma does not happen overnight. With the help of the specialists at the Rose Hill Center, residents can take the first step toward recovery. This is the right time to get back to your healthy life, to live, and to grow. If you or someone you know could benefit from EMDR therapy, take the first step by reaching out to us through our online form or call 866.367.0220 today.