What is “Trauma” and what are therapists doing to treat it effectively?
Trauma is a complex and often misunderstood phenomenon that can have profound impacts on individuals and their lives. At its core, trauma is an experience or series of experiences that overwhelms an individual's ability to cope and process information in a healthy manner. This can result in a range of symptoms and responses, from anxiety and depression to PTSD and dissociative disorders (and more!)
The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) theory, the basis for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, provides a framework for understanding how trauma impacts individuals and how it can be effectively treated. According to AIP, trauma disrupts the normal processing of information in the brain, leading to a state of dysfunction and distress.
When a traumatic event occurs, the brain is flooded with sensory information that is processed in a fragmented and disorganized way. This can lead to the formation of negative beliefs and emotions that are associated with the traumatic experience. These beliefs and emotions become stuck in the brain and continue to impact the individual long after the traumatic event has ended.
EMDR therapy works by utilizing bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping, to activate the brain's natural healing processes. By engaging both hemispheres of the brain, EMDR helps to integrate and reprocess the traumatic memories in a more adaptive and healthy way. This can result in a reduction of symptoms and a greater sense of control and empowerment for the individual.
One of the key principles of AIP and EMDR is that the brain has an innate capacity for healing and self-regulation. By accessing and activating this natural healing process, individuals can achieve a greater level of resilience and wellbeing in the face of trauma.
It is important to note that trauma can manifest in many different ways and impact individuals in unique and complex ways. However, by understanding the underlying mechanisms of trauma and utilizing evidence-based treatments like EMDR, individuals can begin to heal and move forward from their traumatic experiences. With the help of trained professionals and supportive resources, individuals can reclaim their lives and find a sense of hope and healing.
Are you interested in working with one of our trained EMDR clinicians? Contact us today and indicate that you are interested in EMDR therapy and we will connect you with one of our trained counselors for a complimentary, no-strings attached, 30-minute consultation to determine if working together feels like a good fit!