EMDR + Trauma therapy

Trauma therapy should be viewed as a process, not an event —
one that you work through not by trying to forget about your trauma,
but by working through it.

About  You…

You’re just upset and don’t know why. You ask yourself if you’re overreacting? You can’t understand why sometimes you feel triggered for no reason. And when you’re not feeling overwhelmed with emotions, you feel totally numb. Almost unable to feel.

Either way, YOU WANT IT TO STOP because you can see that it’s affecting your life and everyone in it.

Or maybe…

It’s not that intrusive. You feel distracted and have a hard time relaxing. You just don’t feel like yourself. The littlest thing can bring up a bad memory and a self-defeating thought. You try to push past it, but it keeps coming up.

IT FEELS LIKE SOMETHING’S STUCK

You’re either living with a whole lot of anger or a whole lot of shame. You find yourself thinking, “If I could just be normal…”

Living with trauma can make you feel out of control as you may feel scared, anxious and irritable one second, and sad, hopeless and withdrawn the next second.

When trauma or PTSD overwhelms, EMDR or other trauma therapy can help with healing.
Trauma is a weight that holds you down. Experience post-traumatic growth with EMDR, Brainspotting and Trauma Therapy with Knot Counseling in Lakewood, CO

Trauma is Normal

Most people experience trauma at some point in their lives. The goal with any disturbing experience is to let the trauma move through you so you can recover in a healthy way. For many of us, that’s not possible and trauma gets “stuck” living in our bodies. Left untreated, it can overwhelm your emotions, body, and brain.

It’s normal to experience trauma or PTSD by either shutting down (dissociation, sadness, loneliness, and numbness) or revving up (anger, panic, hypervigilance, mood swings, and mistrust). Both responses can wreak havoc on your life and can lead to depression, abuse, anxiety, addiction, and loss of relationships.

It be can scary to admit you’re struggling and you might be tempted to power through these difficulties. Unfortunately, traditional ways of coping aren’t always effective. EMDR + Trauma therapy can help you deal with these overwhelming emotions and negative physical sensations so that you can finally feel in control again.

Solution

BREAK FREE FROM THE PAST.

How do I start healing from trauma?

If you feel as though your emotions, body, or brain have been overwhelmed by trauma, it’s time to start healing. The good news is that trauma therapy is an effective way of dealing with these disturbances. A trauma therapist doesn’t just listen; they also educate you on how to heal from traumatic experiences that may have happened months or even years ago.

As a result, traumas lose their power over you, allowing for more freedom in your daily life so that you can go on living your life without being held back by overwhelming emotions, body responses, or fear-based thoughts.

Our team at Knot Counseling helps you transform a traumatic experience through a personalized approach. We have a full menu of therapeutic approaches tailored to fit your needs and heal from trauma and PTSD safely and effectively. There are many different types of therapies available; some are geared towards treating certain kinds of trauma and others are geared towards relieving symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, and guilt.

We pull our knowledge from the practices of EMDR, Brainspotting, CBT, IFS and Mindfulness.

TALK THERAPY is typically used as a first step, particularly when you need help processing difficult emotions. The goal of talk therapy is to help you identify traumatic experiences and negative emotions that are reactive; it also works on cognitive distortions, otherwise known as thinking errors, that can interfere with personal relationships or how you cope with everyday life.  Our techniques help you talk about your memories in a way that gives you power over them.

EMOTIONAL REGULATION + MINDFULNESSUsing our experiential trauma interventions, you’re also given the tools you need to strengthen your resilience and ease your emotional distress. You’ll learn how to relax your mind, improve your focus and let go of painful memories. 

INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS (IFS) – This approach is one of our favorites!  We all take on different roles at different times. IFS helps you identify the parts you’re playing and why. Are you perfectionist? A people-pleaser? A task-master? A molder? A guilt tripper? By understanding the different functions on our own internal system, we can embrace these parts of ourselves and heal our wounds. 

EMDR – Sometimes words aren’t enough and you may need help to process the events that had a negative effect on you.  

EMDR therapy is a unique approach that taps into a distinct part of the brain, different from traditional talk therapy. Through the eight phases of EMDR, your therapist will guide you in processing challenging memories, emotions, and negative beliefs. By using specialized techniques like eye movements or tapping, the therapy helps desensitize the emotional weight attached to difficult experiences, allowing the brain to reprocess and organize these memories more adaptively. This targeted method has been proven effective in assisting individuals, offering a powerful tool to navigate and overcome emotional hurdles.

More on EMDR

EMDR therapy sessions involve tapping into your brain’s natural ability to rewire itself and allowing your brain, body and emotions time to heal on their own accord. With successful treatment through EMDR therapy, many people find themselves less affected by traumatic memories, both emotionally and mentally. 

EMDR therapy is based on the principle that negative memories are encoded differently than positive ones, and that trauma survivors often have difficulty assimilating positive experiences into their memory banks because of the intrusive “noise” of traumatic memories.

Treatment involves helping clients through 8 phases of EMDR  where you’ll safely recall your disturbing memories, while also maintaining present moment awareness. This can be done with your eyes open or closed. The idea is that by allowing your brain to process negative memories at a deeper level, you can change your response to them, thus eliminating their power over you.

8 PHASES OF EMDR
 
  1. History-Taking: You talk to your therapist about what’s bothering you, like telling a story about your feelings and experiences.

  2. Preparation: Your therapist helps you learn some techniques to manage stress and prepares you for the EMDR process.

  3. Assessment: Together with your therapist, you identify specific memories or events that are causing you distress, choosing which ones to work on.

  4. Desensitization: This is where the special techniques come in. You might follow your therapist’s fingers with your eyes or do some tapping. It helps your brain process and organize those tough memories, like putting them in order.

  5. Installation: You focus on positive thoughts and beliefs to replace the negative ones connected to the difficult memories.

  6. Body Scan: You pay attention to any lingering physical tension related to the memories and work on releasing it.

  7. Closure: At the end of each session, your therapist helps you feel stable and okay, even if there’s more work to do later.

  8. Reevaluation: Over time, you and your therapist check in to see how you’re doing and make any necessary adjustments to keep your progress going.

With successful treatment through EMDR therapy, many people find themselves less affected by traumatic memories, both emotionally and mentally. 

As part of your journey toward healing from trauma, call Knot Counseling to see if you’d be a good candidate for EMDR Therapy.

Questions?

It’s easy to judge ourselves and wonder if what we’re experiencing is “bad enough” to be called trauma. Trauma is ANY disturbance you’ve experienced that still gives you a negative reaction.

Yes. Let’s break it down this way… Big T trauma refers to any kind of single event (think car accidents, violent crimes or natural disasters) that can be categorized as life-threatening. Little T trauma, on the other hand, includes repetitive stressors like ongoing family disputes or consistently negative social interactions. If you experience many incidents of “little t” trauma over time they can also have big effects on your mental health. Regardless of what type of trauma is affecting you, it’s important to remember that everyone heals differently and not everyone needs formal therapy in order to heal. What helps one person might do nothing for another!

Though many of our clients report instant relief, it can take many months to heal from trauma. EMDR is known to work faster than traditional talk therapy and can be isolated to specific triggers. Because EMDR is focused on specific targets, you’ll be able to feel success after each one has been addressed.

It can be difficult to discuss traumatic experiences with someone else, especially if you’ve kept them inside your head for a long time. Therapy is a safe space where you’re able to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a judgment-free environment. Sometimes just saying things out loud can help you process them for the first time. But sometimes it does get worse before it gets better. It’s important to let us know so we can help you regulate your emotions. Our therapists are trained to move at a pace that’s comfortable for you and will never push you into something you aren’t ready for.

Completing all the phases of EMDR therapy is the ideal goal for comprehensive healing, but it’s important to recognize that progress can vary for everyone. If someone doesn’t complete all the phases, it might mean that they’ve made significant progress with the issues they initially addressed, or they may have chosen to pause the process for various reasons.

Many people find relief and can start feeling better even if they haven’t gone through all eight phases of EMDR. The decision to stop therapy prematurely could be due to personal comfort levels, external factors, or the individual feeling that their treatment goals have been achieved.

However, it’s advisable to discuss any decision to discontinue or pause EMDR therapy with the therapist. They can provide guidance, explore reasons for the decision, and ensure that the individual is leaving therapy at a point that is conducive to their well-being. If needed, a plan for future sessions or alternative forms of support can be discussed to maintain and build upon the progress made during the therapy.

Free Consultation

Knot Counseling is so passionate about helping people heal from their trauma so that people can live lighter, more authentic lives. We know that asking for help is never easy. If you’d like to schedule an appointment or discuss any questions you may have regarding trauma treatment or EMDR therapy, call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Release your trauma. Unlock Potential.

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