As I’ve written a series about my recent therapy experience, I thought it would be a good idea to do a little summary post now that I’ve finished. This way, those who don’t want to read through every post (I know I waffle) may still get a good idea of what EMDR is and what it’s like.
For those who haven’t read any of the previous posts and aren’t sure what EMDR is, it’s a form of trauma therapy used to treat the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The therapy aims to reprocess traumatic events to encourage them to move over to the long-term memory, instead of staying in the short-term and causing symptoms.
When we sleep, our eyes flicker as we process the day’s events. EMDR simulates this process with eye movements, so involves following your therapist’s hand gestures with your eyes whilst recalling specific events, emotions, sensations etc. Sounds a bit confusing and strange, but I can’t recommend it enough! Before I started this therapy I was throwing up due to anxiety symptoms every single day – basically ‘worried sick’ – and I haven’t for weeks now.
Rather than going into a load of detail (which I’ve already done) and boring everyone to death, I thought it would be better to roughly outline what I thought of the experience and what I learned.
- Therapy is hard. Very hard. But it’s worth it.
- Finding the right treatment for you and your situation is vital.
- Every feeling that I’ve experienced relating to my mental health is valid and makes complete sense.
- Recovery is not a straight line.
- Being able to speak openly in a safe, non-judgemental environment is incredibly beneficial in itself.
- Anxiety breeds anxiety.
- Don’t underestimate yourself.
- Brains are very, very clever.
- Self compassion will save you.
- Anxiety is a temporary state.
- Having the right tools can put you in control.
- People do understand.
- Recovery is possible and it’s all worth it when you start to get there.
If you’re considering seeking help but feel unsure or worried, please feel free to get in touch.