Well, it looks like I will be trying EMDR therapy. I am supposed to get a call next week to set up my first appointment. Here is some information as to what it basically is according to The EMDR Institute:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)1 is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies2.
EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.
During treatment various procedures and protocols are used to address the entire clinical picture. One of the procedural elements is “dual stimulation” using either bilateral eye movements, tones or taps. During the reprocessing phases the client attends momentarily to past memories, present triggers, or anticipated future experiences while simultaneously focusing on a set of external stimulus. During that time, clients generally experience the emergence of insight, changes in memories, or new associations. The clinician assists the client to focus on appropriate material before initiation of each subsequent set.
Its new, but has gotten high accolades in treating people who have suffered various traumas in their lives. Trauma can be different for each person. While a person like John McCain can be imprisioned and tortured for many years and come out of it without any trauma induced pathologies…another person could suffer great traumatic effects from a car accident. It is all relative to the threshold each person has emotionally.
As far as I understand it, EMDR is a process that uses eye movement or light stimulation while discussing traumatic events and this is suppose to retrain one’s brain to react differently to bad memories. If a certain event is remembered and it causes a person to have a racing heart, stomach aches and panic attacks…this treatment could change those reactions by changing the pathways on one’s brain. Its really quite cool and way too involved medically and scientifically for me to understand.
If I can be free of the physical and emotional reactions that is triggered by certain memories…I would be forever grateful!!! So…I will be crossing my fingers!!