Alison P. Hammonds
A Center For Life Enhancement
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and
Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) are powerful,
fast-acting psychotherapy tools that have demonstrated enormous success
in treating victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) across the world.
Traumatic events often become frozen in a person's mind.
Trauma is any experience that turns your world upside down.
Each time one thinks of their traumatic events, they may feel the same pain as they did when they first experienced it, because the sounds, smells and feelings remain a part of their memory. This produces lasting negative emotional effects, and disrupts a person's worldviews and interactions with others. Often, people are triggered by experiences and are unaware that their feelings and behaviors are due to their trauma.
What is EMDR?
During EMDR, the therapist and patient work together to identify a specific problem. The patient describes the traumatic issue or event, the sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings pertaining to that event, and their current feelings on the event. During this reveal, the therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain. This allows the unprocessed information in the right brain to re-process without re-traumatization. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memories become less disturbing and are framed within positive attributes about oneself: for example, I tried my best. The patient may experience intense emotions during the session, but upon its completion, most patients no longer relive the images, sounds and feelings when the event is brought up. The patient will still remember what happened during the event, but without the corresponding emotional disturbance.
What is TIR?
In TIR, the therapist provides a safe environment, free of distraction or judgment, where the patient is guided to re-experience a past trauma via response, verbal command and explanation. In doing so, the patient reaches a full awareness of the trauma, releasing all associated resistance and painful emotion.
Both EMDR and TIR provides the patient with valuable insights, and reduces the negative symptoms of traumatic disorders. This allows the patient to move past the effects of trauma and experience an improved quality of life.
EMDR and TIR helps patients make sense of a known traumatic incident, such as a car accident, the end of a painful relationship, death of a loved one, etc. TIR can also help patients make sense of unwanted feelings, behaviors, or emotions where the origin is not clear, and understand what in their past journey may have brought upon these feelings (and then re-experience that incident in TIR to remove negative effects).
What does EMDR / TIR treat?
Body image and weight disorders
Sexual and/or physical abuse