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EMDR & Trauma

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EMDR and Trauma

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. It is an integrative therapy known to help people heal from traumatic or upsetting events, such as childhood abuse or neglect, emotional or sexual abuse, car accidents and combat, but it can also help people heal after other disturbing events like divorce, life transitions, grief, anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorders.

EMDR has proven to be effective also for psychosomatic disorders, such as fybromialgia end chronic pain, eliminating or substantially reducing pain.


How does it work?

EMDR can work on such a wide range of issues because of the way it helps our brains integrate and process past events. When we experience a trauma, the brain stores the disturbing event in a memory network in a way that isolates it and prevents it from connecting with more useful, adaptive information. So instead of learning and resolving the memory, the old material just keeps getting triggered over and over again. In short, it has gotten “stuck” in our neural networks in our brains and therefore keeps triggering difficult reactions in the present. In another part of your brain, in a separate network, is most of the information you need to resolve it. However, it is prevented from linking up to the old stuff. Once we start processing with EMDR, the two networks can link up and new information can come to mind and resolve the old problems.

EMDR is designed to help a person process these stuck pieces so that the memory is no longer triggering present day reactions and difficulty. Once the new connections are made, the negative emotions start to diminish. In EMDR therapy we are working both with the challenges of the past as well as ongoing strengthening and resourcing. Through this focus of healing the past AND strengthening the ability to handle the future, people are often able to achieve lasting healing that spreads to multiple areas of their life and helps relieve a multitude of issue.

Special protocols have been developed to deal with craving and triggers, resources and coping skills, as well as with the positive feeling state connected to the substance or behaviour and the adverse experience that lies underneath.

Individual EMDR-sessions will help you explore and elaborate issues that have remained unaddressed. These harmful experiences will remain a risk factor for (continuing) substance abuse until they will be dealt with. Re-elaboration then becomes a protective factor for possible future adverse experiences. 


Group therapy is a widely accepted treatment option and extremely beneficial in treating trauma and addiction. Groups provide a safe, nurturing, accepting environment in which painful feelings and experiences can be shared. 


EMDR and substance use disorders

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