"For those who have lived through a traumatic event, it is very common to experience frequent anxiety, sadness, irritability, difficulties in relationships, etc. Those individuals live with these symptoms and they simply do not go away, almost as if they were 'stuck' in that traumatic state, leaving them feeling that they just cannot move on. Trying hard and doing their best to leave that trauma behind has not worked and sometimes it feels as if they need to just "live with it" for the rest of their lives - it would be helpful for those suffering from the aftermath of a difficult or painful experience to know that sometimes that 'stuck-ness' can only be overcome with the help of psychotherapy.
If this is your experience, here are good news for you: there is hope. There are currently many psychotherapeutic approaches to trauma, and one in particular that is in the cutting edge of research: it is called EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I am an EMDR therapist, and can tell you that, by incorporating EMDR into the therapy sessions, individuals have a high success rate of recovery, ending the struggle with old experiences that had been dictating their lives. EMDR is an empirically based (meaning, research has proven that it works!) therapeutic approach that decreases trauma symptoms allowing clients to go back to healthy functioning and enjoying life more fully. EMDR has helped clients from single-incident traumatic experiences (car accidents, rape, etc) to more complex trauma with long history of abuse - moving beyond fear and anxiety, onto emotional stability. If you would like to read a more in-depth description of the process, please visit the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) website.
Individual EMDR therapy sessions typically last 50 or 80 minutes and are scheduled once or twice a week.
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