We live in an age where various ways exist to relieve suffering from anxiety, depression, and trauma. Many of these have yielded favorable results and let people take back their lives. One of these approaches, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR therapy in Orlando, has become increasingly prevalent and proven to be practical in treating trauma and PTSD, anxiety and panic disorders, eating disorders, and other issues. But why EMDR?
EMDR was uncovered and further developed in the late 80s. Since then, research has revealed the impact it's had on relieving symptoms of PTSD. As the results have grown and EMDR has become more widespread and trusted by many mental health professionals and clinicians, it persists in treating different disorders and problems such as anxiety, depression, phobias, eating disorders, and dissociation.
For individuals considering EMDR and therapy, we list a few explanations for why we use EMDR, why we chose EMDR, and why we love to use it in our sessions.
When most people think of therapy, they imagine a therapist asking many questions and someone telling or repeatedly retelling their life story. Sometimes this makes things seem worse than they are, especially for somebody dealing with intense trauma that is distressing to discuss constantly. EMDR concentrates on processing through the recollection at the client's pace. It is even possible for a patient to process memories without telling the therapist about the details. When working with patients and using EMDR, we focus first on helping them to self-soothe and regulate via learning different grounding skills. Dealing with distressing memories can be overwhelming, and it's essential for clients to feel secure in their ability to stop and soothe themselves during the approach when they think they need to. There are many diverse ways to do so, and we study and teach many distinct skills before starting the different phases of EMDR.
EMDR observes a protocol and can be as limited and concentrated as necessary or as extended as the patient feels capable of. Although sometimes we can't anticipate where our mind will go with the recollections we process, the design of EMDR is predictable, and we never push forward until the patient has said they feel ready. So with these stages and the different measures, the client and therapist know what to expect, when they will push forward, and how to get there. This can support the client, who might be anxious if they aren't certain what to expect.
As a therapist, our client's safety, mental health, and healing capacity are of the highest importance. We understand how crucial it is to see results when assisting clients, and we know how critical it is to be familiar with what we are using to support our clients. We also understand how critical it is to believe in what we use! We believe in the capability of EMDR to help treat problems that can hold a client back from leading the life they have always wanted, and we relish seeing the positive progress our patients have made through EMDR therapy in Orlando.
If you feel like EMDR could benefit you or have questions about how it works, reach out to us today. You deserve to feel better. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, complex grief, trauma, or just struggling, we would be honored to help you take back your life!
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at (407) 592-8997 for more information.