Sometimes life brings us unexpected suffering. Whether you have gone through a traumatic accident or injury, survived a physical or sexual assault or other type of upsetting event, the aftermath of these events can be unexpectedly painful. Sometimes these traumas leave us with a sense that the world is no longer safe while other times it leads into disorders like panic attacks, anxiety, depression, acute stress disorder or PTSD.
Our licensed professionals have a deep toolkit of skills and techniques clinically proven to help the body and mind heal from these painful disorders in a comfortable and safe environment. One of the most powerful is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
EMDR is a research-based technique that rapidly helps individuals resolve painful or disturbing memories. It is a relatively new development in psychology and it is effective for memories (and their associated bodily sensations) that may be difficult to emotionally or verbally process. There are a number of phases in an EMDR treatment, but the focus is on the client thinking about a particular memory while moving his/her eyes in a side-to-side motion. This motion, called bilateral stimulation, appears to help facilitate communication between both hemispheres of the brain and neutralize how upsetting trauma feels in the body.
The goals of trauma and abuse therapy are to help you:
- Move on from your specific trauma so that it truly feels that it is in the past
- Relieve feelings of depression, anxiety, fear and shame
- Neutralize the emotional upset from painful or disturbing memories
- Regain your sense of peace, safety and hope.
The most important part of therapy is working with a professional you trust in an environment that feels safe. We want to prevent you from feeling re-traumatized, so our counselors never force you to go further than you can handle.
At Charleston Counseling Center our team of experienced and licensed professionals are ready to help support you today. We accept many insurance plans and offer evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. Let us know how we can help you on your road to recovery. Contact us to make an appointment.