When Your Past Sneaks up on You

Do you ever feel like your past is sneaking up on you when you least expect it?

Sometimes, no matter how hard we’ve tried to get over something, it still haunts us. Our brains may have tried to work through it, but it is like car tires spinning on ice. For example, if you’ve ever been talking about an event and found yourself feeling anxious because of it, maybe your heart is racing or your hands start shaking. It could also occur when you are getting ready to give a speech or performance, or in situations where you can feel your tension start to rise but you are not sure why.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR for short, is a relatively new therapy that is designed to help with just these types of situations.

EMDR can nudge our minds into overcoming upsetting memories or events so that they are a part of our past rather than an intrusion into our daily lives. EMDR is useful for processing difficult memories or events, panic, performance anxiety, and pain management, to name a few.

EMDR is somewhat out of the ordinary, as it uses bilateral stimulation such as tapping, eye movements, or even tones to achieve the goal of neutralizing the impact of the negative emotions and thoughts on a memory.

Once complete, the goal of EMDR is to be able to describe an experience, once considered upsetting, as just an event that happened in the past. The bilateral stimulation assists the brain in healing itself from these stressful reminders. Contact us to schedule an appointment with an EMDR trained counselor or therapist.