How The Past Changes Present Perception and EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a therapeutic technique geared towards the treatment of trauma or disturbing events. The technique works to target specific events that are remembered as distressing and take the emotional response to these events out of the memory. Doing so can often help to stop triggering experiences, flashbacks, and other symptoms associated with the trauma response.
The first time that something happens in our lives can be very informative for us. It can shape the way that we view similar situations in the future. Many times this is what occurs when someone that has experienced some form of trauma gets “triggered.” The experience in the past that the individual lived through, such as a car crash or a death of a loved one, teaches the individual how to react with similar thoughts, feelings, sights, sounds, or experiences in the present. The loud sounds that occur during the car crash, coupled with the feelings of fear, can lead to a link between any loud sound and a feeling of fear.
Through EMDR, we can work to deconstruct this link between past experiences and present perception of experiences. Reprocessing a past experience so that it doesn’t carry the emotional weight it used to can start to break the association between the sensations that were present at that time and the feelings you have when triggering events occur in the present.
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About Jack Fox:

Jack graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Psychology. He recently finished his graduate work at Regent University with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout his studies, Jack has seen and worked with many clients. His clients have been adolescents and adults, struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment issues. He has even worked with people with a desire to get to know themselves just a little bit better! The more Jack has worked with people, the more a simple truth has come to light: You are not alone!

Jack believes that success in therapy results from a combination of understanding first what is dysfunctional, then where the dysfunction comes from.  To learn more about Jack, visit HERE.

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