Trauma-Informed Care and EMDR
Safety, Trust, Understanding, and Empowerment
Trauma is most easily defined as an event or experience that causes distress to your mind or body. Trauma is not experienced the same by everyone, therefore should not be minimized by others or ourselves. It is common to dismiss symptoms of trauma and blame these challenges on something else.
Often times after trauma, people experience disturbing and disruptive memories, difficulty in managing emotions, and negative perceptions of themselves or the world. Those who have survived trauma may have difficulty feeling safe and having healthy and fulfilling relationships with others.
With trauma-informed care, it is important to have a safe environment and build a trusting relationship. The counselor provides support and education to help you better understand trauma and explore the ways it has adversely impacted your life. Through therapy, the Counselor instills hope and encourages positive change while allowing you to be in control of your journey.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a focused therapy approach used most commonly in the treatment of trauma. EMDR was originally tested on war veterans and victims of sexual violence. Although EMDR is known to be an effective treatment for trauma and PTSD, it has become more and more utilized as a treatment modality for other things such as anxiety, panic disorders, depression, and addiction.
EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation, which allows for the ability to reprocess previously stored trauma memories and responses. Working together, the Counselor and Client move towards a healthier perception of self and traumatic events, as well as the ability to promote healing from traumatic memories or negative emotions.
If you are interested in finding out more, or being able to use EMDR, please contact Fresh Perspectives Counseling, LLC.