Healing Trauma Through EMDR – Ep. #20
Our 20th episode features Kamrin Carver, LMFT, CSAT, and Tom Perry. Having suffered from trauma himself, Tom sought out Kamrin’s professional help. Kamrin introduced Tom to EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). Together, they began the journey of healing.
Tom didn’t believe in EMDR at first, but as you’ll see in this episode, his beliefs quickly changed. EMDR allowed Tom to process the deep traumatic experiences in his life that he hadn’t fully come to terms with. It also shined light on childhood experiences that he didn’t realize were still affecting his thinking. In Tom’s own words he says, “Today I feel like a completely different person.”
How does EMDR aid in healing trauma?
Healing trauma through psychotherapy used to take years, but EMDR allows trauma victims to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress of their traumatic past experiences with potentially immediate results. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to activate both hemispheres of the patient’s brain, which helps establish new neural connections as specific memories are targeted for treatment. During the treatment, internal associations with memories arise, are processed, and transformed on an emotional level. The steps of healing trauma are accelerated intellectually and emotionally resulting in the releasing of disturbing feelings. With each session, more disturbing feelings are released and the brain changes the way these memories have been stored.
From This Episode:
“After that first release, I knew this really was working.” – Tom Perry
“I kept going back for treatment, and it kept getting better each time.” – Tom Perry
“Those things that used to haunt me don’t anymore” – Tom Perry
“It’s similar to shaking up a fish tank. EMDR just gets things moving to the surface.” – Kamrin
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