One Without The Other?
Thank you for taking the time to read this second blog and hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to check out blog number one. I’ve recently been posed with inquiries and the topic of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a psychotherapy treatment which was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro, 1989a, 1989b). Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive Information Processing model shows EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution. Repeated studies have shown, using EMDR therapy an individual may experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference in a much briefer time frame. One of my favorite features of this therapy is it’s “re-wiring” of the brain to re-associate triggers with alternative stimuli or as I like to say re-wiring the brain to re-associate the trigger with something innocuous.
Our brains plasticity is amazing and its ability to adapt has been shown not only in therapy but also in personal manifestation, synthetic happiness and even adapting to conditions we never imagined one could handle. Through efforts to “change the way we think” and passions for self-improvement we’ve seen people survive extremely traumatic events and with diligence, perseverance and time they are able to deal with triggers as they are… ”something in the past which has caused a physical reaction today”.
Through the use of therapies such as EMDR (psychotherapy) combined with trauma-informed yoga (somatic-therapy), one may experience these positive results even sooner. The importance of somatic therapies should be evident just considering the nature of almost every trauma: when trauma occurs it starts with a physical sensation, moves through our most primitive brain functions (emotions) and finally reaches our most advanced brain functions of reason and logic. If we do not help an individual recognize, acknowledge and work through the physical aspects of trauma getting to the cognitive effects is impaired. Therefore, the need to address the physical effects of trauma should always be a part of any trauma therapy such as EMDR or numerous others.
Working with clinicians and their patients to provide somatic trauma therapy is what T.R.Y. is all about! We know and understand the importance of these therapies working in tandem to re-connect an individuals mind/body/spirit.