EMDR in Washington, D.C.

EMDR and Trauma

Impacts of Trauma

The word “trauma” can be a scary one. The truth is life is full of the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s a harsh reality that we all experience difficulties in life that need some level of healing. When a person has a physical trauma or illness they need treatment to get well. When a person experiences emotional trauma, they also need treatment to heal.
The brain processes disturbing memories in a way that can impact the whole person. It is common for people with trauma to experience past events as feeling present in the moment. This can decrease a person’s ability to function and engage in their daily routines.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidenced-based trauma treatment. EMDR is based in Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) theory. This theory posits that how we respond to current life experiences is based on how we responded in the past.

When we have disturbing experiences our brains do not always work in ways that are helpful to us. EMDR therapists help clients reprocess these experiences. This leads to one’s ability to respond in more adaptive ways to current and future life demands.

You are In Control

Trauma often involves the loss of power and control. With EMDR you are in control and awake for the entire process. EMDR is not a form of hypnosis. You will not forget the disturbing experiences that happened in your life. Instead you will develop a new perspective on them. This gives you the ability to live your life in the present without the automatic influence of the past.

Is EMDR Right For Me?

Trauma shows up for each person in different ways.
You may be appropriate for EMDR if you identify with one or more of the following:
  • You struggle with negative thoughts about yourself.
  • You often feel unsafe even in non-threatening situations or long-after an unsafe situation.
  • You experience physical discomfort (IBS, headaches, etc.)
  • You have difficulty sleeping or nightmares.
  • You feel responsible for others’ actions and emotions.
  • You experience a high level of fear (fight/flight) or numbness.
  • You think you have little or no control in your life.
  • You often feel powerless.
  • You have trouble trusting yourself.

Looking for a short-term alternatives to EMDR? Learn about our EMDR Intensives.

You deserve a better way.
We can help.

Who would I work with at Rock Creek Therapy?

Emily Wietmarschen and Adam Bloom have completed EMDR training. We plan to have more therapists complete these trainings over the next year. Feel free to reach out to Adam or Emily via their bio pages or call us if you have any questions about EMDR.

Contact us today about finding a therapist who is a fit for you.

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