Flower Mound Counseling Offers EMDR Therapy
Sharon Gayle, MA, LPC, LCDC
Alcohol Abuse, Individual Counseling, PTSD
Flower Mound, TX—Sometimes we experience disturbing life events for which we are emotionally and developmentally unprepared. Or we might have coping skills to handle most things, but the event might be too big for us. We might even have the skills and a supportive network of family and friends to help, but the event is still too big to handle. Flower Mound Counseling (FMC) now offers Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) that can help people of all ages to relieve many types of psychological stress.
EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR, people can receive benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma similar to the way the body heals from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once whatever blocking healing is removed, healing resumes. With EMDR, a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain's information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures, EMDR-trained clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. EMDR sessions can range from a few (3–6) for single event traumas to 12 or more sessions for more complex traumas, such as combat experiences or multiple traumas, such as childhood abuse. Individual treatment sessions generally last 80-90 minutes.
According to therapist, Sharon Gayle, “EMDR benefits my clients by helping them process traumatic memories and integrate those memories in more positive ways. After successfully processing with EMDR, clients can still recall these traumatic experiences, but without the emotional suffering that keeps the person ‘stuck’.” While EMDR may not be suitable for all forms of psychological issues, it has been shown to successfully treat individuals with several types of trauma, including the following:
• Combat veterans who experience flashbacks, nightmares, or other symptoms of PTSD
• Persons with phobias, panic disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder
• Persons experiencing complicated grief that persists months after the loss
• Victims of sexual assault or childhood abuse
• Triggers and cravings from drug or alcohol abuse
• Persons with somatic complaints, including migraines and chronic pain
, Generalized Anxiety Disorder
, Individual Counseling
, Panic Disorder