We provide EMDR Therapy for children, teens and adults. This therapy is transformative for situations where a past occurrence, feeling or belief continues to recycle and get in the way of how a person experiences life now. Sometimes no matter how much someone wants to shake the past, it comes up and gets in the way of living a healthy, happy life now.
A few examples: When a person experienced a traumatic event, and keeps having nightmares or visions popping in about the event; such as losing sleep and feeling miserable. Or, when a person continues to struggle with feeling bad about themselves, when in their mind they believe there is nothing fundamentally wrong with themselves. Or, when a person struggles with intimacy but doesn't know why. Or, when a person has controlling behaviors towards those around them, yet doesn't want to continue this behavior. Or, when someone has a car accident and is now very anxious when driving, or when anyone avoids places or situations that remind them of a past difficult experience. Or, when someone has suffered a loss and is struggling to move forward. Or, when a person has intense conflict (inner or outer) with a family member and wants to stop having a visceral reaction to them. These are just a few common examples; we have successfully treated people suffering from these types of experiences. Actually, we provided EMDR for how the recent political scene affected many people, often reminding them of experiences they have had in the past. Trauma= feeling helpless, powerless and overwhelmed.
When the brain is overwhelmed by an experience, it may not fully process and store the "story" away in a healthy way. EMDR reprocesses history in a way that stores the experience in an adaptive way, allowing you to move forward with history resting in an integrated and whole fashion, instead of remaining splintered and vulnerable like a raw nerve - always needing to cover and protect itself, to avoid further pain.
The first step is understanding that biologically speaking, the brain/body remembers the past, and often reacts whether a person wants it to or not. This treatment is healing for people who experience PTSD (post traumatic stress), anxiety or depression. Leaving the past in the past is the goal. Freedom is often the outcome. All of our therapists are trained in EMDR Therapy.
EMDR Therapy is different than "talk therapy" in that it includes addressing how the body remembers the upsetting thoughts/feelings/sensations that have occurred in the past. If you have had therapy before and feel like you "should" be "over it" by now, EMDR therapy may be very useful. Often clients tell us "I know in my head that it wasn't my fault...but I still feel..."
There are some situations where you might benefit from traditional therapy options first, to increase your resilience and ability to tolerate strong emotions. Your therapist can explain if EMDR Therapy is a good fit for you, and more about how it works and what to expect for you personally.
We are very pleased that an increasing number of primary physicians are recognizing the benefits of EMDR Therapy. Since the body is affected by the stress of embodied past experiences, physicians frequently see patients for IBS, headaches, stomach aches, high blood pressure and addictive behaviors. Some doctors are recognizing that in addition to wise medical treatment, patients can find increased physical health by processing, releasing and healing from emotional difficulties that are still held in the body. EMDR Therapy is not a substitute for medical care, but it can be an excellent and proven-worthy aspect of your medical care, health and wellbeing. We frequently work with primary doctors to coordinate your care, and support you body, mind and soul!
Finally, the benefits after EMDR Therapy are actually immeasurable...we feel different physically, we respond mindfully versus reacting viscerally to "triggers," and we learn to believe that we actually are worthy, loving and healthy underneath it all. The results are lasting. Our bodies are made to heal themselves..like how we heal from a paper cut if we don't let it get infected. The trouble is, our lives get "infected" by repeated negative experiences (like dirt on a wound!) if we missed the opportunity to clean ourselves from things that got "stuck" to us, that never belonged to us. Sometimes it's not enough to know "it wasn't my fault" or "that's over now" because the body remembers...it's not your fault. Come get some relief is this is ringing true for you.
For more information, and powerful research showing it's effectiveness, you may look at www.emdria.org
A note about our therapists and EMDR:
As we have all been trained in EMDR Therapy, we all have experienced EMDR as "the client." Yes, as a necessary part of our training and commitment to you, we put ourselves in your shoes, and learned about how vulnerable it feels to open up, and how powerful it feels to get to the other side of it. As long as you're human, something has hurt you. So that includes us! It might be varying degrees, but none of us get through time without some painful experiences. So all of us can vouch for the power of this therapy, and will treat you exactly as we would want to be treated. With loving care and kindness, with respect and regard, and without judgement. Let us all be committed to our health and well being. The world is a better place when we join in this intention!
117 N. Water Street, Liberty, MO 64068