Everything in life is just a process from which we can learn


If you're prisoner of your own mind then it's time to free yourself

Trauma is not an end-result of an event, it's a halfway result
Trauma seems a big word which in the case of mental trauma is often avoided to be mentioned, and in other cases used too lightly. When experiencing trauma it may seem like a heavy burden to have been 'labelled' or 'diagnosed' with trauma or post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS). To me, trauma is not the end-result of an event, it only signifies a process which wants to be completed. Altough it may sometimes seem impossible to overcome the feelings of fear, there are several techniques which can bring about a rapid processing needed to move forward. EMDR is one of those techniques.



When an intense event happens some people can fairly easily process it and continue their life as normal. For others the brain and body respond differently. The process is sort of stuck, and the situation keeps reoccurring in the mind accompanied by a bodily respons as if being in a life-threatening situation. Trauma develops beyond ones own control and can often not be rationalized. It may also develop years after a particular event has taken place. A simple trigger may be enough to escalate a cascade of fear responses. There are several diagnotic lists online for PTSS, but in general I would recommend to seek help even if you think you might experience trauma.  
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing as originally the therapy was based on the client making eye movements to desensitize and reprocess traumatic experiences. When dreaming, the eyes of the dreamer make rapid movements. Dreaming is essential for processing of memories and the eye movements form part of that processing stage. Many scientific studies have been conducted on EMDR and it is now known that it is about bilateral stimulation rather than eye movements. Bilateral stimulation means that both brain hemipheres are stimulated. Each hemiphere has its own funtions and by working with both hemispheres the processing can go much faster than when only one hemisphere is predominantly activated (e.g. talking is mainly left hemispheric activation, whereas creativity activates the right hemisphere).   

How does a session look like?

What can I expect?

EMDR follows a fixed protocol. Basically, first the most traumatic image is determined. Next, the practitioner asks the client to focus on this image while undergoing bilateral stimulation. This can be by left-right eye movements or by head phones making a click-clack sound alternating in the left or right earphone. When the brain starts responding the emotions can raise to a very intense level but this will only last shortly. Soon, emotions and thoughts start to calm down. Completely contrary to the initial feelings, you may experience a feeling of being at peace with the situation. I generally continue a session until this moment of calmness arises rather than stopping at a fixed time when the process may still be full in progress. When the trauma is too intense, which may occur with repeated traumatic experiences, the session may be stopped at a calmer moment within the process and continued several days later. The session may be closed with some techniques and support to help you to face the further process. After a session you may feel tired and for the coming  3 days you can experience fatigue and vivid dreams. It is important to allow this. After 3 days the intensity generally subsides.
You can expect a very intense process but with a clear bounadry. Sessions may seem to the client as a rollercoaster of emotions, but to me they are relatively predictable and I will safely guide you through your journey. EMDR works best when the client is fully commited to this personal process and I will therefore do my utmost best to raise the level of commitment to the maximum. EMDR can work amazingly rapidly, and single trauma can be overcome in one or two sessions. Multiple trauma, or severe trauma, may take several sessions. Generally I apply a maximum of 6-8 sessions. During the traject you can contact me at any time for support.