Treatment for trauma can occur in a variety of contexts and from varied treatment models. One that we utilize is EMDR.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. Developed by Francine Shapiro, EMDR allows for traumatic or upsetting experiences to be processed using bilateral stimulation of the brain. Bilateral stimulation means that a stimulation, such as eye movements, are guided by the therapist. Research has shown EMDR to be a safe and effective treatment for trauma.
A very important part of EMDR is preparation. When processing difficult experiences, it is essential to have a sense of safety in therapy and in your life. Ways to manage stress, soothe yourself and feel safe will be identified before EMDR begins.
You can stop EMDR at any time, even right in the middle of a session. Having control over the process can also be a part of feeling safe. EMDR is happening in the context of a relationship with your therapist, it is not happening to you, but with you and your therapist.