Surviving a car accident or natural disaster. Not feeling emotionally or physically safe. Being screamed at or put down as a child. Experiencing bullying, ridicule, or harassment. A bad breakup. Separation or divorce. Watching your parents scream at or put down each other as a child. Having a romantic partner scream at or put you down. A romantic partner or friend stonewalling or “icing” you out by ignoring you. A hostile work environment or toxic boss. A caregiver not being able to meet your physical or emotional needs. A loved one struggling with substance use or mental illness. You struggling with substance use or mental illness. Verbal, physical, or sexual harassment. A legal charge or imprisonment of a loved one. Experiencing assault. Being the victim of a crime. Experiencing bias or discrimination. The loss of a loved one or a pet.
Trauma and Adverse Life Events
Adverse life events and trauma are an aspect of every life. Symptoms of trauma can include feeling on edge or easily agitated, depression, related people, sounds, smells, or events similar to the prior trauma triggering intrusive memories or flashbacks, difficulty trusting yourself or others, difficulty experiencing joy or pleasure, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, and social isolation.
Based on extensive peer-reviewed research, EMDR generally works more quickly and comprehensively than any other current, known talk therapy treatment for trauma or other adverse life experiences. EMDR re-wires neural brain circuits through bilateral stimulation, or stimulation of both brain spheres through eye movements, vibrations, or tapping, to bring relief from unwanted symptoms to better identify and create the life you want.
One of the key aspects of EMDR that can be different from other types of traditional talk therapy is its targeting of the identified origins and similar, related memories of that person’s distress through bilateral stimulation. Through this process, EMDR can help you process and resolve adverse life events and subsequent beliefs and emotional triggers that may be impacting and impeding life. EMDR can quickly reduce the intensity of negative emotions or experiences. In addition to effective and rapid treatment of negative and adverse life events, EMDR also strengthens the specific positive ways you want to see yourself and exist in the spaces and relationships you inhabit, and then reinforces these identified positive beliefs through your brain’s neural network also through bilateral stimulation. EMDR can take someone from feeling like they cannot function well on any given day to living a healthy and deeply satisfying life.
At the EMDR Center of Denver, we believe that every person who has experienced trauma or other adverse life events can experience relief and create a more satisfying life. Schedule your first session with us today to work towards experiencing relief and creating a more fulfilling life.
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Not sure if you are experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
This questionnaire can be used as a starting point to recognize the signs and symptoms of Trauma and Adverse Life Events but is not meant to replace consultation and evaluation with a trained mental health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through a clinical evaluation. Regardless of the questionnaire results, if you have concerns regarding symptoms of Trauma and Adverse Life Events that you may be experiencing, please discuss these concerns with a mental health professional. We would be happy to assist with this process.
Supporting Research for EMDR Treatment and Trauma:
- EMDR Treatment of Recent Trauma
- Psychological treatments for chronic post-traumatic stress disorder | The British Journal of Psychiatry | Cambridge Core
- Efficacy of Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Patients with Posttraumatic-Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials | PLOS ONE
- Neuropsychological and Physiological Outcomes Pre- and Post-EMDR Therapy for a Woman With PTSD: A Case Study | Springer Publishing
- Effects of the EMDR Protocol for Recent Traumatic Events on Acute Stress Disorder: A Case Series | Springer Publishing
- EMDR Treatment of Distressful Experiences that Fail to Meet the Criteria for PTSD