EMDR therapy was discovered in 1987. It is a psycho-therapeutic model for the integration of the cognitive-thinking, emotional-feeling, and physical aspects of the whole person. The process of EMDR deals with the past, present and future simultaneously.
In EMDR therapy the theory is that the brain stores information about every experience we have. If the experience is a traumatic one, the memory can be stored in a dysfunctional way. When we experience a situation it is this damaged material that is unconsciously tapped into which creates dysfunctional emotional and physical responses. This can cause increased anxiety, panic attacks and avoidance of similar situations.
Bilateral stimulation is the basis of EMDR Therapy. This consist of alternating left-right stimulation of the body and brain. During EMDR the person focuses on an internal state such as an image, a memory, or a physical sensation. The left side and the right side of the body, and simultaneously the left side and the right sides of the lobes in the brain, are being stimulated with alternating sequences through various tones heard through a set of headphones. This activates the brain to begin to process and integrate any dysfunctional information of locked traumatic memories. The speed and intensity of the stimulation can be varied depending on what feels right for the individual and what seems to be the most therapeutically effective.
Trauma responses happen when you experience a very emotional situation and at the time of the event you are unable to process the information. This can leave you feeling distressed. The symptoms linger and will not go away. The events that can cause a trauma can seem to be trivial ones such as bullying or abandonment, or they can be large ones such as assault or rape.
EMDR can help with many issues due to trauma at all levels. Some of the issues that can be dealt with include anxiety, depression, panic, dysfunctional body image, lack of assertiveness, procrastination, sabotaging behaviors, frustration or anger, loss of interest, addictions, concentration problems, self-abusive behaviors, and suicidal thoughts. This type of therapy can also help with physical illness due to dysfunctional memories. Some changes with EMDR can be extreme and bring about great relief and some are more subtle.
Our feelings and thoughts are reflected through what we communicate and our behaviors. An event you experience may seem benign to you but later will create an unconscious physical or emotional response that seemed from out of nowhere. EMDR can help you to recreate and change the dysfunctional information gathered by your brain at the original experience to a healthier response. Working with the mind and the body, EMDR therapy works to integrate the whole person.
Many people suffer from psychological issues due to traumatic events they experienced in their past. The psychological issues are due to the dysfunctional information about the event that was stored in the brain. EMDR therapy can help release the memories associated with a traumatic event to help alleviate and heal both the mind and body.
Among health kicks and career goals, New years resolutions often reference financial matters. Especially in a time preceding holidays, which more often than not break the bank, this can be a time where those with families feel the effect of overspending. To begin again and start the year fresh, we offer 3 simple financial tips for families.
Though it’s not the most enjoyable experience to sit down and do the math, creating and setting budgets is one of the most effective ways to be transparent in understanding your income and spending habits. Start with simple figures like monthly earnings from all contributions, and then get an overview of lifestyle spending of groceries, utilities, activities, school costs, etc. This will give you a basic idea of whether you are living in your means, or racking up more debt.
Whether mortgages, loans or credit cards, make a list of all debts and be sure to know your plans of repayments for each one. Categorize into short and long term debts for more clarity. To really get on top of repayments in the most effective way, consult a financial professional to advise which debts you should repay first, and how often repayments can be made.
ESPECIALLY important for those with dependent children, be sure to be future savvy and keep a retirement fund active in your savings plan. For couples, consider consolidating retirement accounts for an ease of calculating future budgeting, as well as minimising fees. Contributing to a retirement fund also ensures that your children will not have the burden of financial responsibility for you later in life, also consider life insurance policies, which include funeral costs and insurances.
Our three brains work together and separately, consciously and unconsciously to keep us alive, help us make decisions, feel emotions and communicate with others.
The part of this triune brain that keeps us alive is the Reptilian brain. The Reptilian brain prompts fight, flight or freeze when faced with a life-threatening or harmful event and operates primarily on an unconscious level. Let’s say you are on the sideline of a soccer match and out of your peripheral vision your brain senses a soccer ball zooming towards your face.
The Reptilian brain takes immediate action and causes you to duck out of the way. When this happens the Reptilian brain shuts down the prefrontal cortex, simply because there is no time to “think” before taking action. The Reptilian brain has performed its task in keeping you alive. The Reptilian brain cannot distinguish between real or imagined threats. This is why haunted housed or horror movies seem so real; to our brains, they are.