A structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, trauma is any disturbing life event that leaves a lasting negative impact on you. There are different type of trauma and people react to it differently. Some trauma may lead to a psychological disorder such as PTSD, major depression, anxiety or addiction issues. Complex trauma involves catastrophic events – sexual abuse, war, natural disasters, physical assaults, domestic violence, etc. But trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. According the Canadian Mental Health Association, it is estimated that about 8% of Canadians who experience a traumatic event develop PTSD (3)
A small “T” trauma may also include a work injury, bitter divorce, getting fired, infidelity, bullying, immigration, and work burnout. Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue may occur to first responders like police, fire and ambulance workers as wells as nurses and other helping professions who are dealing with life/death situations. Complex trauma may involve ongoing situations involving a sense ox extreme danger to oneself or others. Sometimes hearing about or learning about something tragic, like a friend dying by suicide, living a natural disaster coverage on the news, domestic violence and civil war.
Symptoms Of PTSD In Adults include:
Upon completing the initial 90-minute assessment, Jorge will provide you with a number of treatment options. Depending on your specific needs, commitment levels, and budget, Jorge will work with you to create a collaborative plan of action. Jorge is fully trained in EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), which is considered an evidence-based therapy approved by the Veterans Administration, as effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This treatment does not just work for PTSD, but also works for success blocks, emotional blocks, sports performance enhancement, and anxiety disorders. And, yes EMDR helps the past become the past.
How Does EMDR work?
According to the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), EMDR is a “structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences.”