MIND | BODY | SOUL
Feeling Trapped in the Maze – Part 2 By Don Short, LPC, LMFT
THE EMDR THERAPY SOLUTION CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful psychotherapy technique, which is very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, fear, disturbing memories, anger and many other emotional problems. In the past these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR Therapy can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress. In our day-to-day life we may experience anxiety, fear and anger. We must remember that all of these are very normal emotions. These emotions are very problematic when we get stuck in the maze of the emotion or when we feel these emotions at a greater intensity than what the situation we are experiencing requires. For example, if you are experiencing a level 10+ on a Level of Disturbance Scale of 0 to 10, where 10 represents the highest level of disturbance and 0 represents no disturbance, but as you review your experience you feel that your level of disturbance really should be a 3 or a 4. This spike of disturbance represents an unresolved issue in your life that has not been adequately dealt with. With EMDR Therapy, I assist my clients in identifying and resolving these past issues. Here in part 2 we are going to review various scenarios where I have found EMDR Therapy to be really useful for my clients. FIRST let’s talk about the MAZE OF ANXIETY AND FEAR. Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all have to deal with and learn to manage one way or another. For many of us it creates barriers in our lives that hinder us in both our personal 50 FACE | APRIL 2016
and professional lives. I have used EMDR Therapy to help many individuals break through these barriers and to get out of this maze. Examples of this include: 1) Feeling more comfortable and confident in public places. 2) Increased enjoyment in flying and traveling. 3) Having more confidence in and around water, such as swimming and snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico. 4) Feeling more confidence in dealing with issues at work and talking to their supervisor. SECOND, let’s talk about the MAZE OF ANGER. Anger is also a very normal emotion that we all experience from time to time. I have used EMDR Therapy to assist several of my clients in the understanding and processing of their anger in healthy ways. We worked together to assess the nature of the anger and determine the root of it and came up with healthy ways of dealing with similar situations in the future. Some issues that I have helped my clients with include: 1) Dealings with their ex-spouse without feeling overwhelmed and triggered to a point where one feels that they are losing control. 2) Dealing with unresolved anger towards a parent or sibling. 3) Dealing with unresolved anger as a result of being bullied physically or sexually abused.