Anxiety

Anxiety may mean different things to different people.  Some people equate it with stress or nervousness.  To others, it is about having panic attacks or being afraid of heights or snakes.  All of these things are related to anxiety, but it is most important to note that anxiety is a physiological phenomenon that occurs in your body.

If you or someone you know has experienced a panic attack, it often feels like a heart attack.  The symptoms are very similar: sweating, heart palpitations, shaking, hyperventilating or trouble breathing, and dizziness.  Many people end up in the ER with their first panic attack for this reason!  Panic attacks are a clear signal from your body that your anxiety is too high and needs to be addressed.

The good news is, there are many things that can be done to treat anxiety, whether you experience it as a constant nervousness, fear of certain situations, or panic attacks.  Treatment should be two-pronged.  First, there are coping strategies and exercises to deal with the anxiety when it comes and to prevent anxiety from starting in the first place.   These include things such as breathing exercises and changes in lifestyle.  Next, the root of the anxiety needs to be discovered, examined, and dealt with.  Discussing your anxiety and triggers with a trained therapist can help address core issues and move past the anxiety.   Many clients express the feeling of freedom after working in therapy to address their anxiety.  In addition, EMDR therapy is a great tool to address this part of the process (see What About EMDR blog post).

More than anything, know that no one has to continue to suffer with anxiety!  There is help and healing.  Do not wait, set up a session with a Licensed Professional to address your anxiety today!

If you are wondering what all the fuss is over EMDR therapy, you are not alone.  Many people talk about the acronym as if everyone already knows what it means.  And, even when you know what it stands for (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), it is not always clear what that means for a person seeking therapy.  Hopefully, this post can give you a little more information and help you understand why people get so excited about it.

Essentially, EMDR is a therapeutic approach that utilizes your brain’s information processing system, by doing two different things.  First, a trained EMDR therapist will ‘set up’ the memory or issue to be processed (worked through).  This set up engages your cognition (thinking), emotion, and body sensations.  Next, some form of bilateral stimulation is used to incorporate both sides of the brain in the processing.  This bilateral stimulation can be done with eye movement, auditory (sound), or tactile (pulse) inputs.  This may sound a bit scary, but really it is not.  To clarify, this is not hypnosis and there is no loss of consciousness or control with this process.

Now, for the big deal.  I have been in practice for 15 years.  I have seen many different types of people and had the privilege of observing their growth and healing.  However, since I have implemented EMDR into my practice, the growth and healing happens faster.  In some cases, much faster.  THAT is the big deal.  It is a highly effective therapy when used by a well trained therapist in the right setting.  Training of a therapist is key here, and to use EMDR long term training and consultation is necessary.  To find out if a therapist received approved training to practice EMDR, go to EMDR’s website:  www.emdria.org.  Any therapist listed there has the basic training and knowledge base to implement EMDR effectively.

I hope that helps explain the elusive, EMDR therapy.  If you have any more questions, you can email, counselorrachel@gmail.com.



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