You’re ready to overcome the pain and fear of your memories. To find peace in your past and to trust in your ability to find freedom in your life.
But the trauma in your life has made you feel like a different person.
You’re ready to get to the root of your trauma symptoms, stop being afraid of your intrusive thoughts and focus on the important things in your life. You’re ready for a solution, and you heard that an EMDR therapist could help.
Before you recognized yourself as a trauma survivor, you felt like a successful person. You had a thriving career and a lot to show for yourself.
You were on your way to building lasting relationships, you felt safe to explore, and you believed you could handle any situation that came your way. You felt entirely able to take care of yourself. Yet, when you started to face your trauma, your world came crashing down. Everything you trusted about yourself disappeared.
So here you are, years after you’ve experienced horror and pain and you’re starting to wonder if you’re ever going to feel like yourself again. Every day is a battle. You can’t stop reliving what happened to you. You can’t shake the awful feelings that come from what you experienced in the past, and your nerves are a wreck every time you have to show up for work, a party, or a date.
You don’t negate what happened to you. You now know your trauma has an impact on your life and that it takes time to overcome what you went through. But you don’t want to feel like a victim the rest of your life. Truly, you want the opposite. To feel in control of your life again and to trust yourself. You know bad things happen no matter how hard you try to prevent them and that you are not invincible; but, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a normal life.
You now know your trauma has an impact on your life and that it takes time to overcome what you went through. But you don’t want to feel like a victim the rest of your life. Truly, you want the opposite.
What you didn’t expect was how long-lasting the effects of your situation have been. That just when you start to think you’re getting better, something insignificant will trigger your trauma and you feel like you’re right back at the beginning again. And you certainly didn’t expect to lose your identity and become a victim. You’ve been thinking that maybe EMDR therapy could be the missing link.
So here you are: Irritable, uncomfortable, frozen…you’re considering EMDR therapy
The realization hit you the other day…
You were sitting at a red light on your drive into work. You were dazing off a bit and weren’t paying as much attention as you normally do. Just then the radio switched over. It was playing that song. Immediately you froze. Your hands started sweating, you began to breathe heavy, and the pictures flooded your mind. It wasn’t until the car behind you had honked three times that you realized the light had turned green. Shaken to your core, you pulled over.
Immediately you broke into tears...
At that moment you wished so badly you could erase your memories. That you could fully enjoy your life without feeling like your bravery and your safety had been stolen from you.
You thought to yourself:
“I’m never going to be able to feel whole again.”
“My zest for life is gone and I don’t know if I can ever get it back.”
“I thought I’d be able to control this fear and anxiety on my own.”
“Everything I loved about myself is falling apart because of what happened to me.”
But when you were finally thinking rationally again you admitted to yourself:
“I’m not going to be able to do this forever, its time I talked to a professional. I think I’m ready for EMDR therapy.”
You honestly thought your trauma was insignificant, but when you truly think about it…
You’ve become someone you don’t even recognize.
Regardless of how strong you are and how brave you try to be, you are not equipped to move past what happened and heal. You absolutely thought you were stronger than your pain and suffering, and that you had the power to make things better. But you’re positive now that you will continue to live an effected life if you do not get trauma counseling.
It’s extremely painful to admit that you aren’t as capable as you know you should be. Life changes so much when significant trauma happens and you need a special skill set and strategies to cope with your new reality.
But, something I want you to know is, everyone who struggles with instances of trauma has to redefine what life looks like. You are not the only person to feel like a victim and that your circumstances are robbing you of your life. I see this every day in my work with trauma clients. The key is continuing to heal from the past, focusing on your strengths, and developing a plan to address the areas you want to improve.
You’re ready to cope with the trauma of your past and to move forward in a way that feels like you’re reclaiming your life. You’re ready to book a EMDR therapy appointment.
When You Engage in trauma Counseling/EMDR therapy with a therapist:
- You will learn how to feel more in control of your life and your circumstances
- You will learn about the resources you need to reach out for help and to establish a strong support system.
- You will learn how to fully connect with friends and family without experiencing symptoms of trauma such as depression and/or anxiety
- You will learn how to experience relief from the shame and guilt you carry around as the result of your trauma
- You will learn how to find relief knowing that no matter what you’ve been through, you will be able heal from the past and thrive in your life going forward