Healing Trauma

with EMDR

Rate: $100 per session

Session Length: 50 minutes

Accepted Payment: Cash, check or credit card. 

 Please Note: I do not accept insurance, but can provide a detailed receipt that you can submit to your insurance provider if needed. Contact your insurance provider for details regarding your specific policy and out-of-network benefits.  

What is trauma? Traumatic experiences are those that your brain perceives to be distressing, out-of-control, or even life-threatening. Traumatic experiences include acute and terrifying events like a near-death experience or an assault. You may also experience trauma as a result of ongoing stress or threats, such as abuse or neglect in childhood, ongoing family conflict, bullying, or relationship violence. The causes of trauma are numerous, and almost everyone has experienced some form of trauma in their lives.

 

Sometimes individuals who experience trauma are left questioning if their experiences are significant enough to warrant the pain they feel or if those experiences are a valid reason to seek out therapy. These feelings of confusion and shame that you may feel are normal and are common for survivors of trauma. They are often the result of traumatic experiences being minimized or overlooked by those in your life or even by you. No matter how big or small your trauma feels, giving yourself the gift of healing trauma in therapy can be a powerful way to change your life. 

What are the symptoms? When your brain is confronted with a traumatic experience, you may experience what is known as post-traumatic stress. As you brain work to keep you safe from future threats, you may notice feeling hyper-vigilance, anxiety, or avoidance towards certain situations or emotional experiences. You may find it difficult to trust others and to feel safe and secure in relationships. You may also notice gaps in your memory or feel like the memories of traumatic events are intrusive in your day to day thinking. (You can read more on why traumatic memories are different from other memories on my blog).

 

Oftentimes, individuals who experience trauma find it difficult to organize traumatic events in the context of their life's story and with their sense of self. As a result, survivors may experience issues with self-esteem and self-image. You may feel a sense of emptiness or find it difficult to establish a clear sense of purpose in life. 

How can EMDR trauma therapy help? I specialize in a type of trauma therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR. During an EMDR session, I guide my clients to concentrate on a distressing memory or emotion while the client moves their eyes back and forth by following my fingers. This rapid eye movement, similar to what occurs naturally in the body during REM sleep, helps to facilitate the brain's capacity to re-process traumatic memories into forms that are less distressing and intrusive. 

 

EMDR therapy focuses on helping the brain and body to re-establish a sense of safety and calm. After a traumatic experience, the brain's activity shifts to help you avoid and prepare for the possibility of another future threat to your safety, which is often experienced as post-traumatic stress. EMDR therapy helps the brains to re-calibrate the alarm system, so to speak., with a focus on cultivating a sense of safety and providing relief from hyper-vigilance and other distressing symptoms. 

 

EMDR therapy also involves processing and reorganizing traumatic memories. This piece of the work allows traumatic memories fit more smoothly into your life's narrative as a component of the story, rather than as a defining feature of the narrative. When you take these active steps to heal your trauma, you can feel safer and more empowered. EMDR therapy can help you to shift the relationship you hold with your traumatic experiences, which can lead to relief from suffering and provide closure for your unresolved experiences. 

Ready to begin your healing? 

To work with me, contact (512) 537-3618 or email emilykarpinski@gmail.com

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