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Often, the negative events we experience get locked in our brain, creating depression, and anxiety. Trying to forget, we do our best to push the trauma away so that it will not affect us. Inevitably despite how hard we try to box up the trauma, it spills into our daily lives.

When trauma is experienced the brain resorts to a survival mode and pumps the body with adrenaline to aid in fight or flight. In doing so, the logic center of the brain is placed in a semi-paralysis or pause state therefore shutting out the negative experience. This is disassociation. The dissociative state may last momentarily or for an extended period of time, storing the traumatic event in unconscious memory. By means of flashbacks and nightmares, our brain tries to process these negative events, but it seldom brings relief.

Triggers are events similar to the original trauma, such as sounds, smells, colors, locations or situations that stimulate this negative memory. When the traumatic memory is triggered, a flashback may occur. The brain returns to this state of semi-paralysis and then disassociation. This becomes a vicious-trauma-cycle causing anger, depression, and anxiety, encouraging withdrawal from relationships.

EMDR interrupts the trauma cycle and enables the cerebral cortexes, logic center of the brain, to process the negative event. The entire system realizes that the traumatic event is long since passed and no longer a threat.

At Creative Counseling, Inc., Plano, Texas, we have specialist trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) to eliminate the effects of trauma. EMDR is a cutting-edge treatment found to be effective at resolving the PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) symptoms in 80% of trauma victims. www.emdr.com

EMDR is effective in treating other issues such as:
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Phobias
If you are interested in talking about this modality of treatment please call Creative Counseling, Inc., and ask for Kris White 972-248-7722
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