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Old May 28th, 2015, 10:50
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Hello All,

I just wanted to post a quick note and some information on a new therapy I am currently involved in. It also could be a suggestion for you who have lost a loved one in a traumatic circumstance as I did. This may possibly be something you may want to look into if you are still struggling after quite a while since your loss as I have. As I have always said "Information is Power" you have the choice to help yourself or not!


I myself still have a great amount of guilt over the past 7 years.. with the fact I was driving that day we had our motor vehicle accident that took my sweet wife Tammy. I have had the scenes of that horrific day still playing in the background for many years now and at a mere thought I can still go back to that day and re-live the horror. For many years now I have suffered with this silently and not spoken to a counsellor on this reoccurring issue. It has started to affect my physical and mental well being for quite a while now and is in no way a healthy way to live with this guilt still in my mind. In essence I suffer from PTSD- Post traumatic Stress Syndrome.
It was recommended that I look into a therapy that was actually developed about 26 years ago called EMDR to help with some of the issues I have been having. So far it has surprisingly been helping immensely and I am quite shocked at the difference I have been feeling from it. This is the only reason Iam suggesting it for those of you who are suffering still to look at...

Here is some information on the therapy and the process:

What Is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful new psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.

EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.

The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.

As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye-movement patterns of EMDR, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state are achieved.

How Does It Work?

The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. The therapist then holds her fingers about eighteen inches from the clients face and begins to move them back and forth like a windshield wiper. The client tracks the movements as if watching ping pong. The more intensely the client focuses on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings.

What problems are helped by EMDR?

The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:

loss of a loved one
injury of a loved one
car accident
fire
work accident
assault
robbery
rape
natural disaster
injury
illness
witness to violence
childhood abuse
victims of violent crimes
performance and test anxiety
trauma depression
anxiety or panic
phobias
fears
childhood trauma
physical abuse
sexual abuse
post traumatic stress
bad temper
overwhelming fears
panic attacks
low self-esteem
relationship problems
brooding or worrying
trouble sleeping

The EMDR technique is most effective when used in conjunction with other traditional methods of therapy in treating these and many other emotional disorders.

EMDR therapy can help clients replace their anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts.

What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?
##High anxiety and lack of motivation
##Depression
##Memories of a traumatic experience
##Fear of being alone
##Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
##Fear of being alone
##Difficulty in trusting others
##Relationship problems

What is the History of EMDR?

Since the initial medical study in 1989 positive therapeutic results with EMDR have been reported with the following populations:

##People who have witnessed or been a victim to a disaster (rape, accidents, earth quakes, fires, murder, gang related violence)


##Clients suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)


##Suffers of panic disorders and anxiety attacks


##Suffers of phobias


##Chemically dependent clients


##Persons exposed to excess loss ( loss by death, divorce, loss of a house by fire)


##Crime victims and police officers who were once overcome with violent memories


##Accident or burn victims


Although a fairly new therapeutic technique, EMDR is meeting with much success all across the county. EMDR is a natural process. The client and the therapist become partners on a journey to help move traumatic and blocked energy. Together they work to transcend and free up the energy, so the client can return to their natural grounded state of being. The goal of this work is to help the client heal, so they can return to their life in peace.


As always I post this information to help Iam not a "Professional or a KNOW it ALL"

"I wish you peace and a level path in your journey"
CAL821( Dave )
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Memory can only tell us what we were,
in the company of those we loved;
it cannot help us find what each of us, alone, must now become.
Yet no person is really alone;
those who live no more echo still within our thoughts and words,
and what they did has become woven into what we are.

I wish you peace and a level path on your journey...

Cal821

Last edited by cal821 : June 4th, 2015 at 10:34.
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Old June 26th, 2015, 10:30
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Memory can only tell us what we were,
in the company of those we loved;
it cannot help us find what each of us, alone, must now become.
Yet no person is really alone;
those who live no more echo still within our thoughts and words,
and what they did has become woven into what we are.

I wish you peace and a level path on your journey...

Cal821
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