From childhood humiliation to PTSD: How EMDR frees your brain from the past

“I just wanna move on and not think about it anymore, but for some reason I just can’t...” Some things we’d rather forget. As a therapist, I often hear some version of this statement. Even if you don’t have all the symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), you may still be affected by upsetting or difficult experiences. It may keep running through your mind even when you try to push it away. Or maybe the anger or fear or guilt or pain just won’t go away. EMDR therapy (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) can help you truly let go of the past and move on to a happier life.

Events that Can Have a Lasting Impact on You

We often associate PTSD with big things like war or natural disasters. But smaller-scale events can cause a similar response in your brain. I help people get past things like:

  • Death of a loved one

  • Miscarriage

  • End of a relationship

  • Accident or injury

  • Physical assault or sexual assault

  • Upsetting or scary experiences

  • Memories from childhood such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, or sexual abuse

  • Memories of feeling rejected, excluded, humiliated, or betrayed