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EMDR

Reclaim your mind and body from trauma

meditationWhether you have experienced a major trauma or smaller setbacks, an overwhelming experience that has not been healed can have a significant impact on our sense of safety and wellbeing.

It may range from an unconscious dull hum in the background, like a program operating on autopilot, to a screaming reminder that the world is unsafe and we are forever changed. 

Trauma shifts our view of the world. We once experienced the world as relatively safe. Trauma or a dis-empowering experience can shatter this sense of security. 

This shift in our experience of safety and altered sense of self leads us to interact with the world very differently. It changes the way our brain processes and responds, limiting our self-worth, emotional regulation skills, and innate problem-solving abilities.

Eye Movement and Desensitization (EMDR) is a powerful and effective therapy for the treatment of trauma and overwhelming life experiences. 

It focuses on processing and releasing information trapped in the mind and body, freeing you from disturbing images and body sensations, overwhelming emotions, and limiting beliefs. 

EMDR works to clear the emotional and physical blockages that hold us back in healthy daily living. Often more effective than traditional ‘talk therapy’ alone, it has the power to facilitate a sense of joy, openness, and deep connection with others.

You deserve to feel safe in your body. Working through unresolved trauma supports you to become more whole, connected, alive and fully present.

Find emotional and mental calm as your body hits the ‘reset’ button. Experience the freedom to make choices and respond to the world from your authentic self.

Big ‘T ‘, Little ‘T ‘

Trauma in relationships

You deserve security

At The Center for Connection, Healing and Change in Woodbridge, VA we understand the impact that relationships have on our functioning.

EMDR can help you heal trauma or overwhelming experiences that have occurred in the context of your most important relationships. 

Relationships shape the way the mind and brain develop. Our connections with loved ones influence patterns of brain functioning that persist throughout our lives, shaping how we think, feel, remember, and behave.

When we are lucky enough to have secure attachment experiences in which we felt seen, safe, soothed, and secure, our brain develops in ways that promote emotional regulation, resilience, and connection with others.

Difficulties in our most important attachments such as childhood physical or sexual abuse, neglect, losses, birth trauma, medical trauma, parental drug or alcohol abuse, or caregiver misattunement have a limiting effect. 

These experiences can leave us feeling permanently vigilant, distrusting, and protective. If you know your experience of connection has contained some difficulty, EMDR can help you reclaim your personhood and change the way you respond in your love relationships.

Heal these painful experiences or inaccurate messages so you can view relationships in a new way, free from the “baggage” of the past. 

Experience a slowing-down in emotional reactivity and create space for you to share what it happening inside you and ask for what you need.