EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
The trauma you have experienced is affecting your everyday life. You have difficulty sleeping, intrusive thoughts pop up without warning, and you feel anxious most of the time. You just want to feel better, to move on from the haunting images in your mind of the trauma you experienced.
Symptoms of Trauma & PTSD
Everyone reacts to trauma differently. However, some of the common symptoms of trauma that indicate a person might have PTSD or at least benefit from a trauma therapy like EMDR include:
- Easily startled or feeling “jumpy”
- Difficulty sleeping, having nightmares
- Experiences while awake of feeling like you are reliving the traumatic event “flashbacks”
- Withdrawing from others, depression, intrusive/negative thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Risky behavior
- Anger, irritability
- “Co-occurring” problems, such as drug/alcohol abuse as an unhealthy coping strategy
Depending on the constellation of trauma symptoms an individual could also qualify for a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
EMDR Therapy Can Help with Trauma and PTSD
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a specialized type of therapy for trauma. This method is an evidence-based treatment for trauma. Research shows that EMDR helps with other issues such as panic attacks, depression, chronic illness, and grief/loss to name a few.
When you meet with your therapist, they will explain in more detail how EMDR works. The short story that it helps your brain to process the traumatic event. This way, you can get the traumatic memory unstuck from the “fight, flight or freeze” part of your brain. Then, you’ll begin to have fewer unwanted symptoms of trauma and PTSD.
Move Forward Counseling’s Approach to EMDR Therapy
Is online EMDR therapy effective for trauma treatment?
Therapists weren’t always sure how well EMDR therapy would translate to online therapy. But, since COVID-19 started we have adapted our method to be able to work via our online telehealth platform. We use a variety of effective methods and a special type of software to help facilitate the sessions. We are having great results with new way of facilitating EMDR therapy is working for our clients. From our Lancaster based therapy office, we can now offer EMDR to people in Erie, Allentown, Scranton, York, Pittsburg, and beyond.
What is Holding You Back From Starting EMDR Therapy?
Maybe you are afraid to start therapy because you don’t want to discuss the trauma that you have experienced. This form of trauma therapy is different from other types of therapy. Most notably, it doesn’t require you to talk about the trauma in details like other forms of trauma therapy might. However, it’s still really, really effective. EMDR therapy can be offered via online therapy making it accessible to anyone living in the state of Pennsylvania.
Begin EMDR Therapy in Pennsylvania for Trauma and PTSD Treatment
You don’t have to live with nightmares, flashbacks, and anxiety of the trauma you have experienced. Counseling can help you feel like yourself again. Our Lancaster, PA mental health private practice has caring therapists who specialize in EMDR therapy. In fact, we can help whenever you are in the state with online EMDR therapy in Pennslyvania. To start your counseling journey, follow these simple steps:
- Contact our administrative assistant at 717-462-7003 x1 to be matched up with an EMDR trained therapist.
- Meet with one of our caring EMDR trained therapists for your intake appointment.
- Start feeling less on edge, improve your concentration, and feel more like yourself again.
Other Therapy Services at Move Forward Counseling
EMDR treatment isn’t all we offer in our Lancaster therapy offices. First, we can offer online therapy in Pennsylvania, no matter where you are in the state. Additionally, we offer therapy for anxiety, depression treatment, trauma therapy, relationship counseling, and more. Furthermore, our therapists provide specialized services for LGBTQ+ issues, therapy for life transitions, caregiver stress, and infertility counseling. Finally, we help teens, twenty-somethings, and anyone dealing with body image issues find a way to move forward. Contact us today to get started!