Are you experiencing one or more of the following concerns?
- Grief & Loss
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Painful Disturbing Memories
- Nightmares & Flashbacks
- Injuries and Pain Disorders
- Physical, Emotional & Sexual Abuse
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Traumatic experiences can trigger any of these difficulties. At South Austin Counseling Services, we specialize in helping people process and heal from trauma. In its most basic form, trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. When looked at this way, events that can trigger trauma are wide-ranging, including the stuff of everyday life.
Emotional or psychological trauma can occur as a result of a one-time event, like a car accident, a natural disaster, an assault or sustaining an injury in combat. Trauma can also occur from ongoing stressful situations, like growing up in a hostile or abusive environment, enduring bullying, struggling with chronic health conditions, or experiencing repeated betrayals of trust.
One of the most effective, evidenced-based therapies used to treat and heal emotional and psychological trauma is EMDR -- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a proven to be highly effective for the treatment of trauma. When something traumatic happens, it seems to get locked in body’s nervous system with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings, and so on. It can be the basis for a lot of discomfort and sometimes a lot of negative emotions, such as fear and helplessness that we cannot seem to control.
These are really the emotions connected with the old experience that are being triggered. EMDR is designed to unlock the nervous system and allow your brain to process the experience. It is important to recognize that you do not need to re-live the traumatic experience but that the memory pathway is opened, your brain will be the healer, and that you are the one in control. EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
Call South Austin Counseling today 512.280.5315 to learn more about how you may benefit from EMDR therapy.
You can also visit the EMDR International Association website for addition information about this powerful form of treatment.