EMDR Therapy: A Transformational Tool for Overcoming PTSD

Have you ever felt as though you were living in a house of shattered dreams with an  around-the-clock tug-of-war between existing under the belief that you are a cardboard cutout figurine one day and an almighty superhero the next? Have tsunamis of sorrow left you with a glassy-eyed and flummoxed perception of reality that is wreaking havoc within? Could it be the effect of a surge of subconscious memories and the ghosts of suffering long buried suddenly resurrected bubbling to the forefront of your mind? Fortunately for you, Francine Shapiro, PhD, an American Psychologist, developed a therapeutic approach toward liberation, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, which carries the capacity to overcome the catastrophic effects of psychological trauma.

It is child’s play to metastasize into black and white thinking in which deep-seated beliefs, interpretations of reality and intellectual domination tendencies are absolute and exempt from liability to error. The particularly poisonous serpent by the name of pride cradles individuals into its nest of isolation and pulls their limbs apart like planets orbiting a dying sun. At times, wading and walking through the valley of living death into cathartic dimensions that lead you out of the tribulations tied to the gray mass simply doesn’t cut it. The enemies within that snack on every crumb of self-love that exists within our meat suits must be recognized and processed in a manner that serves to release the feeling of confinement that sprout within every cyclical lapse in which we become absorbed in a state of gloom.

EMDR was initially developed to confront the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and subconsciously self-imposed phobias. There are professionally-trained therapists who incorporate EMDR to treat depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, sexual dysfunction, and stress caused by chronic disease. Throughout the early stages of EMDR, patients aiming for healing openly communicate about their opportunities for growth and symptoms prior to revealing the breadth of their personal traumatic experiences. EMDR therapists are trained to shift the focus of the patient’s mind from negative belief systems, feelings and thoughts that are heavy burdens into a place of optimistic positivity. As EMDR therapists share techniques that aid in confronting disturbances, they subconsciously guide patients through a process known as desensitization. As patients revisit memories and traumatic experiences that have left them in a puddle of existential mudd, the EMDR therapist asks patients to follow their back-and-forth finger movements with their eyes with the intention to open the mental doors that allow the client to process their negative feelings and begin to recognize the benefit of setting them free. In the future, mutual devotion toward strengthening the importance of supporting positive feelings and psychological beliefs aids in the client building the courage for both individuals to surf through the waves of the past without any negative correlations or energy attached; closure is reached through release.

Through EMDR Therapy, patients have the opportunity to create an existential toolbox full of nuts, bolts and resources that they can be eternally equipped with and comes in handy through any and every situation they encounter. Rather than subconsciously devising pro and con charts in the mind prior to submerging oneself into a new experience, the healed EMDR patient develops a sharp focus and subconsciously becomes a master of tenacity. If you’re currently living through a seemingly endless psychological winter or hanging onto remnants of the past, know that there is hope. May you return in a purer state through celebrating the fact that you possess a deep willingness to leap into the crux of your emotions for the sole purpose of letting them go.

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