The healing power of EMDR never ceases to amaze me. Specifically, how in a very short time, a client can transform from a place of anxiety and fear to a place of feeling calm and grounded. One particular example comes to mind.
After only a short time in therapy, a client had discovered that an overwhelming sense of shame from early life experiences had been impeding his ability to succeed both interpersonally and in his work. Through EMDR, he has transcended this overwhelming sense of shame by working through both childhood and adult painful memories.
After one particularly powerful EMDR session, the client stated emphatically that he needed to weigh himself immediately because he was certain that he had lost weight. He explained that he felt lighter and had lost the weight of “years of shame” that he had been carrying around with him. Since beginning our work together, the client continues to experience a greater sense of fulfillment and success in relationships and in his career. He feels less anxiety and fear, and his urge to binge on food has disappeared from his experience in daily life. He feels more balanced and whole.
As a psychotherapist who feels so fortunate to work with such wonderful clients, who continue to inspire me, I feel privileged to be able to offer EMDR as a powerful tool in transforming the devastating effects of traumatic experiences.