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Have your fears and anxiety our of your mind by joining Boudewyn Counseling. Boudewyn Counseling offers mental health treatment such as trauma and anxiety counseling, EMDR therapy, and Telehealth appointments anywhere in Florida.


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What iS EMDR?


It might first be important to explain what trauma is. When the average person thinks of the word "trauma", they may think of a combat veteran struggling with PTSD or someone recovering from another violent experience. While these are part of what the word trauma refers to, it is really so much more. The word trauma just means "wound", and we can think of it psychologically that way too. Anything that has wounded, stuck with you, or in anyway limited your ability to live out your full potential or be your full self is some form of trauma.


Most of us have experienced many many traumas throughout our lives. Some are little and might seem common or insignificant. But sometimes even those things have a bigger impact on our brain than we understand. Traumatic experiences leave us with overly negative feelings towards ourselves that seem like truths. They also make us overly reactive to the world, expecting some type of danger around every corner. Most people that have experienced trauma have a deep feeling of powerlessness that they try very hard to cover up, and a overwhelming feeling of being alone no matter how many people are around. 

EMDR helps to target the way our brain perceives and automatically responds to the world. The cool thing about EMDR is that it actually helps your brain understand old information from a new perspective, decreasing the control those experiences have over you. EMDR is designed to help your brain react less chaotically to stressors and triggers. It helps you to understand the difference between present reality and emotional or psychological flashbacks. Which allows you room to decide how you want to respond to life. 


EMDR is an evidence based (well researched) therapy that uses a combination of neuroscience and traditional talk techniques. It involves something called bilateral stimulation, which can usually be achieved over Telehealth by watching an image on a screen (during certain parts of the process) as you talk to your therapist. This helps the brain to process information more easily, take in new information better, and confront memories you might not otherwise be able to confront without feeling overwhelmed. It is not like hypnosis, you are awake and in control throughout the process, but better able to let your own brain go where it needs to in order to heal. 

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What CAN IT HELP with ?

What kinds of things is it used for?

EMDR is not just for PTSD. While it targets traumatic experiences, it can be used for a number of different issues. Here are some common issues we use EMDR for:


Professional Issues: High stress, nervousness, procrastination, limiting thoughts or fears, fear of change, difficulty setting boundaries or work/life balance. 

Personal Relationship Issues: Difficulty saying no, difficulty trusting, feeling alone, feeling disconnected from others, difficulty saying what you need to, fear of upsetting others, difficulty communicating. 

Emotional Issues:  Not feeling good enough, feeling anxious, experiencing lots of worry or fear, feeling lots of sadness, feeling lost or overwhelmed, experiencing insecurities, guilt, or difficulty getting though a loss.


Childhood Trauma:  Experiencing a difficult relationship with a parent, experiencing abuse, experiencing the loss of a parent or close person, being around fighting or violence as a child, abrupt changes, being around drug use, having a parent that struggled with mental health issues, or any other experience that you believe still effects you in some way today. 

Adult Trauma:  Experiencing any sort of assault, abuse, disaster, violence, or otherwise stressful experience. This can also include difficult losses and pandemic related stress. 

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Articles & Info

The following links and videos are provided courtesy of EMDR International Association.

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