Trauma and EMDR
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust
According to one of the foremost experts in healing trauma, Dr. Peter Levine, “Trauma is a basic rupture – loss of connection to ourselves, our families, and the world. The loss, although enormous, is difficult to appreciate because it happens gradually. We adjust to these slight changes, sometimes without taking notice of them at all . . . although the source of tremendous distress and dysfunction, it (trauma) is not an ailment or a disease, but the by-product of an instinctively instigated, altered state of consciousness. We enter this altered state, let us call it “survival mode” when we perceive that our lives are being threatened.
If we are overwhelmed by the threat and are unable to successfully defend ourselves, we can become stuck in survival mode. This highly aroused state is designed solely to enable short-term defensive actions; but if left untreated over time, it begins to form the symptoms of trauma. These symptoms can invade every aspect of our lives.”
Linda Curran, a trauma specialist who has trained thousands of mental health clinicians on trauma treatment across the country states “The most effective to evaluate whether or not you have been traumatized is to answer this simple question: when you remember the incident, is the memory exactly the same every time? If the answer is yes, then the memory is a traumatic one. By no means does one traumatic memory constitute a diagnosis of PTSD; however it does indicate that the traumatic event has been dysfunctionally stored; remains inadequately processed; and continues to cause you distress” (Curran, Linda, BCPC,LPC,CACD,CCPD, Integrative Trauma Treatment , 2011) ..more