Trauma is more than a story about something that happened. The emotions and physical sensations that were imprinted during trauma are experienced not as memories, but as disruptive reactions in the present. In order to regain control, you will need to revisit the trauma: sooner or later you will have an opportunity to confront and engage what happened to you, but only after you feel safe, and will not be re-traumatized by the experience. That is where EMDR comes in.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven as the most effective treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
"EMDR loosens something in the mind/brain that gives people rapid access to loosely associated memories and images from their past. This seems to help put the traumatic experience into a larger context or perspective." - Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
That's where therapy comes in. As someone with extensive experience working with trauma, it is my hope to provide you the safety and clarity to learn ways to become calm and focused, learn to maintain that calm in response to images, thoughts, sounds, or physical sensations that remind you of the past, find a way to be fully alive in the present and engaged with the people around you, and help you not have to keep secrets from yourself, including secrets about how you have managed to survive.